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Malpolon monspessulanus

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Subspecies Malpolon monspessulanus monspessulanus (HERMANN 1804)
Malpolon monspessulanus saharatlanticus GENIEZ, CLUCHIER & DE HAAN 2006 
Common Names English: Montpellier Snake, Lizard snake
German: Eidechsennatter
Dutch: Hagedisslang 
Synonym Coluber monspessulanus HERMANN 1804
Natrix lacertina WAGLER 1824
Psammophis lacertina - SCHLEGEL 1837: 203 (part.)
Coelopeltis lacertina — EICHWALD 1841
Coelopeltis lacertina — BÖTTCHER 1877: 287
Coelopeltis lacertina — BOULENGER 1887: 345
Coelopeltis monspessulanus — BOULENGER 1896
Coelopeltis monspessulanus — BOULENGER 1913
Malpolon monspessulanus — MERTENS & MÜLLER 1928
Coelopeltis monspessulanus — LAURENT 1935: 347
Malpolon monspessulanus — ENGELMANN et al 1993
Malpolon monspessulanus — SCHLEICH, KÄSTLE & KABISCH 1996: 502

Malpolon monspessulanus saharatlanticus GENIEZ, CLUCHIER & DE HAAN 2006
Malpolon monspessulanus insignitus — VALVERDE 1992
Malpolon monspessulanus — GENIEZ & GENIEZ 1993: 7
Malpolon monspessulanus — BONS & GENIEZ 1996: 242
Malpolon monspessulanus monspessulanus — DE HAAN 1999: 701
Malpolon monspessulanus ssp. — GENIEZ et al. 2004 
Distribution For the distribution of Malpolon insignitus see that page.
M. m. monspessulanus: Italy (W Liguria), SE France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco
M. m. saharatlanticus: along the north-western Atlantic coast from Bou Izakarn (Morocco to Dakhla (Western Sahara) with inland extensions up to Aoulouz and Tafraoute on the southern slopes of the western Atlases including the lower Drâa valley and upper Souss valley; Type locality: 3 km south from Tah towards Laâyoune (Western Sahara) [27.653° N, 12.961° W]

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Type locality: Montpellier, Southern France  

Derivatio nominis Named after the Latin name for Montpellier in southern France. 'From Montpellier'.
 
Comment Malpolon monspessulanus insignitus (GEOFFROY DE ST-HILAIRE 1809) has been elevated to full species status with fuscus as a subspecies (CARRANZA et al. 2006).
References
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IUCN status Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern     Year Assessed: 2008
Assessor/s:
Iñigo Martínez-Solano, Claudia Corti, Valentin Pérez Mellado, Paulo Sá-Sousa, Juan M. Pleguezuelos, Marc Cheylan
Reviewer/s:
Cox, N. and Temple, H.J. (Global Reptile Assessment)
Justification:

Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Population Trend: Stable

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