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Ophiomorus latastii BOULENGER, 1887

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Latast's Snake Skink 
SynonymOphiomorus miliaris GÜNTHER 1864 (nec DUMÉRIL & BIBRON)
Ophiomorus latastii BOULENGER 1887: 398
Ophiomorus latastii — WERNER 1988
Ophiomorus latastii — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Ophiomorus latastii — MEIRI et al. 2019 
DistributionIsrael, SW Syria; Lebanon, NW Jordan (fide ANDERSON & LEVITON 1966)

Type locality: Mt. Hermon, Lebanon  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1864.8.23.143 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Snout acutely conical, a slight labial edge; rostral projects be
yond lip; no prefrontals; supranasals narrowly in contact, partly separated from one another anteriorly by the apex of the rostral. Sixteen scale rows round the middle of the body. Limbs lacking (ANDERSON & LEVITON 1966).

Color: Cream above in preservative, each scale of body and tail with a dark brown spot, these spots being more or less confluent, forming longitudinal dark lines on the dorsum and sides, running the length of body and tail. Two stripes on either side, much broader than those on the dorsum, and narrowly separated. Lines of discrete brown dots on all ventral surfaces. A brown line from rostral through the eye and temporal region, becoming confluent with the two broad lateral stripes. Lips and top of head with scattered brown dots (ANDERSON & LEVITON 1966). 
CommentOphiomorus miliaris is not listed in the Zoological Record of 1864.

Limb morphology: Limbless.

Distribution: see Bar et al. 2021 for a map. 
EtymologyNamed after Professor Fernand Lataste (1847-1934), a French zoologist who collected both in North Africa and South America. 
  • Al-Quran, S. 2009. The Herpetofauna of the Southern Jordan. American-Eurasian J. Agric. & Environ. Sci., 6 (4): 385-391 [this journal has a dubious record, see]
  • Anderson, S.C. & Leviton,A.E. 1966. A review of the genus Ophiomorus (Sauria: Scincidae), with descriptions of three new forms. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 33 (16): 499-534 - get paper here
  • BAKER, M. A. A., & AMR, Z. S. 2022. ON THE CURRENT STATUS OF OPHIOMORUS LATASTII BOULENGER, 1887 (REPTILIA: SQUAMATA: SCINCIDAE) IN JORDAN. Herpetological Conservation and Biology, 17(2), 343-348 - get paper here
  • Bar, A., Haimovitch, G. and Meiri, S. 2021. Field guide to the amphibians and reptiles of Israel. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt Am Main. ISBN 9783-89973-120-0 - get paper here
  • Bar, Aviad and Guy Haimovitch 2012. A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Israel. Pazbar LTD, 246 pp. - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1887. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) III. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropsidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. London: 575 pp. - get paper here
  • Disi, A.M.; Modry, D.; Necas, P. & Rifai, L. 2001. Amphibians and reptiles of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 408 pp.
  • Disi, Ahmad M., Zuhair S. Amr and Harald Martens 2004. On a collection of amphibians and reptiles made by J. Klapperich in Jordan. Herpetozoa 16 (3/4):141-150 - get paper here
  • Greer, Allen E. and George D. F. Wilson 2001. Comments on the scincid lizard genus Ophiomorus, with a cladistic analysis of the species. Hamadryad 26 (2): 261-271 [2002] - get paper here
  • Günther,A. 1864. Report on a collection of reptiles and fishes from Palestine. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1864: 488-493 - get paper here
  • KAZEMI, SEYED MAHDI; MASOOD FARHADI QOMI, HAJI GHOLI KAMI AND STEVEN CLEMENT ANDERSON 2011. A new species of Ophiomorus (Squamata: Scincidae) from Maranjab Desert, Isfahan Province, Iran, with a revised key to the genus. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 5 (1): 23-33. - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Amos Belmaker, Daniel Berkowic, Kesem Kazes, Erez Maza, Guy Bar-Oz and Roi Dor 2019. A checklist of Israeli land vertebrates. Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • Werner,Y.L. 1988. Herpetofaunal survey of Israel (1950-1985), with comments on Sinai and Jordan and on zoogeographical heterogeneity. in: Yom-Tov,Y. & Tchernov, E. (eds.) The zoogeography of Israel, Dr. W. Junk Publishers, Dordrecht (Netherlands); ISBN 90-6193-650-0
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