Ophiomorus blanfordii (BOULENGER, 1887)
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|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Blanford's Snake Skink|
|Synonym||Zygnidopsis brevipes BLANFORD 1879: 128|
Ophiomorus blanfordi BOULENGER 1887: 395 (nom. nov.)
Ophiomorus blanfordi — SMITH 1935: 347
Ophiomorus blanfordi — DAS 1996: 47
Ophiomorus blanfordi — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Ophiomorus blanfordii — NASRABADI et al. 2017
Ophiomorus blanfordi — KAMALI 2020
Ophiomorus blanfordii — CHAPPLE et al. 2021
|Distribution||NW Pakistan, SE Iran|
Type locality: “Persia or Baluchistan?”, restricted to Chah Bahar, Iran by S Anderson and Leviton [1966b:511]
|Types||Syntypes: BMNH 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Snout cuneiform, with angular labial edge; interparietal as long as broad; frontonasal not twice as long as broad. Twenty scales round the middle of the body. Fingers four; toes three. |
Coloration: Cream or pale brown above in preservative, the two median dorsal scale rows with scattered dark spots, forming more or less distinct longitudinal lines; the scale rows immediately lateral to these median dorsal rows without dark markings; the third and fourth rows from the vertebral line with dark brown dots forming well-marked lines which extend forward along sides of head. Top of head with or without a central dark streak (ANDERSON & LEVITON 1966).
Description: “Snout wedge-shaped, with angularly projecting labial edge. Nostril close to the rostral; supranasals forming a long suture two loreals, first largest and in contact with the third and fourth upper labials; frontonasal moderate, not half as long as the frontal; prefrontals longer than broad, widely separated; frontal slightly longer than broad; four supraoculars, first and second in contact with the prefrontal; two supraciliaries, behind the first supraocular; frontoparietals much smaller than prefrontal; interparietal as long as broad, a little shorter than the frontal; parietals narrow, band-like: no nuchals; first and second labials in contact with the nasal, fifth largest, fifth and sixth below the eye. Ear hidden. Two azygos postmentals. Body much elongate, with angular latero-ventral edge, with two pairs of short limbs, the anterior tetradactyle, the posterior tridactyle; the hind limb proportionally more developed than the anterior, a little longer than the distance between the fore limb and the anterior corner of the eye, and contained thrice and two thirds in the distance from the fore limb. 20 scales round the body, subequal. Two enlarged prœanals. Tail a little shorter than head and body, ending in a point. Cream-coloured, each dorsal scale with a central brown dot, which form two lines on the middle of the back and a dark band on each side, beginning from the nostril and passing through the eye; the two vertebral lines unite into a streak on the middle of the head.” (Boulenger 1887: 385)
|Comment||Distribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran.|
|Etymology||Named after William Thomas Blanford (1832-1905), member of the Geological Survey of India.|
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