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Ophiomorus maranjabensis KAZEMI, FARHADI QOMI, KAMI & ANDERSON, 2011

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Maranjab’s snake skink 
SynonymOphiomorus maranjabensis KAZEMI, FARHADI QOMI, KAMI & ANDERSON 2011
Ophiomorus maranjabensis — NASRABADI et al. 2017 
DistributionC Iran (Esfahan)

Type locality: Maranjab, south of Daryache Namak, Iran, N 34°19’52.78”, E 51°53’20.44”  
TypesHolotype: ZMGU (Zoological Museum Gorgan University) 2570, an adult female, collected 17 May 2011 by M. Farhadi and S. M. Kazemi. Paratypes: ZMGU 2571 and 2572, adult females, from Maranjab, about 1 km southwest of holotype, N 34°18’56.50”, E 51°52’45.15”. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: An Ophiomorus with three fingers, three toes; distinctly enlarged nuchals; snout bluntly spatulate; interparietal broader than long; frontonasal septagonal; six supralabials, the fifth, greatly enlarged, below the eye. Parietals in contact behind interparietal; nuchals in contact behind parietals. Preocular very large, about two-thirds distance between eye and nostril, and in contact with third, fourth, and fifth supralabials. Twenty-two scales round the middle of the body. 
CommentDistribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
Etymologynamed after the type locality. 
  • Gholamifard, A 2011. Endemism in the reptile fauna of Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 7 (1) - get paper here
  • Kamali, Kamran 2020. A Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Iran. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany ( 574 pp.
  • 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
  • NASRABADI, REZA; NASRULLAH RASTEGAR-POUYANI, ESKANDAR RASTEGAR-POUYANI, AHMAD GHARZI 2017. A revised key to the lizards of Iran (Reptilia: Squamata: Lacertilia). Zootaxa 4227 (3): 431–443 - get paper here
  • Qomi, M Farhadi; SM Kazemi, HG Kami, SA Hoseini 2012. New Record of Ophiomorus maranjabensis Kazemi, Farhadi Qomi, Kami and Anderson, 2011 (Sauria: Scincidae) from Isfahan Province, Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 8 (2) - get paper here
  • ŠMÍD, JIŘÍ; JIŘÍ MORAVEC, PETR KODYM, LUKÁŠ KRATOCHVÍL, SEYYED SAEED HOSSEINIAN YOUSEFKHANI, ESKANDAR RASTEGAR-POUYANI & DANIEL FRYNTA 2014. Annotated checklist and distribution of the lizards of Iran. Zootaxa 3855 (1): 001–097 - get paper here
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