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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). 
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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