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Eremias cholistanica BAIG & MASROOR, 2006

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymEremias cholistanica BAIG & MASROOR 2006
Eremias cholistanica — MASROOR et al. 2020
Eremias cholistanica — KHAN et al. 2020 

Type locality: Baghdad-i-Jadeed Campus, Islamia University Bahwalpur, Pujab province, Pakistan (29° 22’ 43’’ N, 71° 46’ 10’’ E), elevation 93 m.  
TypesHolotype: PMNH 1685 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Dorsals 51 – 63; ventrals in 13 – 15 oblique longitudinal series; subocular touching mouth; frontal and supraciliaries separated from supraoculars by row(s) of granules; nasals three, lower in contact with three anterior supralabials; occipital absent; height of the first transverse row of pectoral scales is more than its breadth but not longer than the succeeding rows; 14 – 18 femoral pores on each side, separated by 2 – 4 scales; toes fringed, encircled by 3 scales and with 23 – 29 double series of unicarinate scales underneath; dorsum with 6 or 7 black longitudinal stripes without any sign of vermiculation. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). This is one of the species called 'lost' and 'rediscovered' by Lindken et al. 2024. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Baig, Khalid Javed and Rafaqat Masroor 2006. A New Species of Eremias (Sauria: Lacertidae) from Cholistan Desert, Pakistan. Russ. J. Herpetol. 13 (3): 167-174
  • Baig, KJ, Masroor, R., and Arshad, M. 2008. Biodiversity and ecology of the herpetofauna of Cholistan Desert, Pakistan. Russ. J. Herpetol. 15 (3): 193-205 - get paper here
  • Khan, M. A., Jablonski, D., Nadeem, M. S., Masroor, R., Kehlmaier, C., Spitzweg, C., & Fritz, U. 2020. Molecular phylogeny of Eremias spp. from Pakistan contributes to a better understanding of the diversity of racerunners. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 59 (2): 466-483 - get paper here
  • Lindken T.; Anderson, C. V., Ariano-Sánchez, D., Barki, G., Biggs, C., Bowles, P., Chaitanya, R., Cronin, D. T., Jähnig, S. C., Jeschke, J. M., Kennerley, R. J., Lacher, T. E. Jr., Luedtke, J. A., Liu, C., Long, B., Mallon, D., Martin, G. M., Meiri, 2024. What factors influence the rediscovery of lost tetrapod species? Global Change Biology, 30: 1-18 - get paper here
  • MASROOR, RAFAQAT; MUHAMMAD KHISROON, MUAZZAM ALI KHAN & DANIEL JABLONSKI 2020. A new species of Eremias (Squamata: Lacertidae) from the arid mountains of Pakistan. Zootaxa 4786 (1): 101–121 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
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