Jemen / Sokotra islands. 


Mesalina balfouri  (BLANFORD, 1881)


Eremias (Mesalina) balfouri   BLANFORD 1881

Mesalina olivieri balfouri   HAAS 1951

Mesalina balfouri   ARNOLD, 1986

Common names:

Balfour’s Wüstenrenner (German)
Balfour’s Desert Lizard (English)


Holotype: BMNH

Terra Typica:


Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Blanford, W.T. (1881) -  Notes on the lizards collected in Socotra by Prof. I. Bayley Balfour. -  Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1881: 464-469.  

  • Simó-Riudalbas, K. & Tamar, K. & Smid, J. & Mitsi, P. & Sindaco, R. & Chirio, L. & Carranza, S. (2019) -  Biogeography of Mesalina (Reptilia: Lacertidae), with special emphasis on the Mesalina adramitana group from Arabia and the Socotra Archipelago. -  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 137: 300-312.