Lacertus terrestris Garsault, 1764,

Dubois, Alain & Bour, Roger, 2010, The nomenclatural status of the nomina of amphibians and reptiles created by Garsault (1764), with a parsimonious solution to an old nomenclatural problem regarding the genus Bufo (Amphibia, Anura), comments on the taxonomy of this genus, and comments on some nomina created by Laurenti (1768), Zootaxa 2447, pp. 1-52: 26

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Lacertus terrestris Garsault, 1764


Lacertus terrestris Garsault, 1764 

As stated by Welter-Schultes & Klug (2009: 234), the plate 668 in Garsault, 1764 shows the Lacertus terrestris  or “Lézard gris”, which is undoubtedly the species presently named Podarcis muralis ( Laurenti, 1768)  , the “wall lizard” (see Arnold, 1973) (family LACERTIDAE Batsch, 1788  ). The latter specific nomen having been in wide and universal use (for a list of more than 25 recent references, see e.g. Gruschwitz & Böhme 1986: 201–208) for more two centuries and Garsault’s nomen having been ignored since its description, the prevailing usage must be maintained according to Article 23.9. 1 of the Code. The nomen Lacertus terrestris Garsault, 1764  remains however nomenclaturally available and could possibly be resurrected in the future, e.g. for a subspecies. This would require to designate a neophoront (neotype) for this nominal taxon, which should preferably have originated from the Paris region.