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Ablepharus anatolicus SCHMIDTLER, 1997

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymAblepharus budaki anatolicus SCHMIDTLER 1997
Ablepharus budaki anatolicus — POULAKAKIS et al. 2005
Ablepharus budaki anatolicus — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Ablepharus budaki anatolicus — BOZKURT et al. 2020
Ablepharus anatolicus — CHAPPLE et al. 2021 
DistributionS Turkey (Anatolia)

Type locality: “Abanoz-Almdorf (1400 m), 50 km N Anamur (Prov. Içel = Mersin), Türkei”  
TypesHolotype: ZSM 116/1996, male; Paratypes in ZFMK, ZSM, NMW and ZDEU 
DiagnosisDiagnostic traits of anatolicus: the relatively large ear opening, the four supralabials from suboccular to rostral, and relative short head–neck length.

Diagnosis (anatolicus): “Vier vordere Supra-labialia (90%). KRL insbesondere beim Weibchen gering (Mittel/Maximum: 36/ 39,5 mm); Relation KHL/KRL vergleichsweise niedrig (Mittel/Maximum: 35,5/38). Bauch beim Männchen weißlich” (Schmidtler 1997: 55). 
CommentSee also Ablepharus budaki.

Distribution: For a map in Turkey see Bozkurt et al. 2020: 135 (Fig. 1). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
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