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Ophiomorus nuchalis NILSON & ANDREN, 1978

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesNilson's Snake Skink, Plateau Snake Skink 
SynonymOphiomorus nuchalis NILSON & ANDREN 1978
Ophiomorus nuchalis — NILSON & ANDREN 1981: 139
Ophiomorus nuchalis — ANDERSON 1999
Ophiomorus nuchalis — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Ophiomorus nuchalis — GHOLAMIFARD 2011 
DistributionIran (Kavir desert)

Type locality: Siah Kuh, 34º44'N, 52º11'E, Kavir Protected region, about 150 km S Tehran, Iran.  
Reproductionviviparous 
TypesHolotype: GNM (originally NHMG) Re. ex. 4418 
Diagnosis 
CommentHabitat: under stones on sparesly vegetated, almost bare gravel ground devoid of loose sand; hills with rocky ground, near dry river beds with clay topsoil, at agricultural farms and on sand dunes (Hosseinzadeh et al. 2016).

Distribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
Etymology 
References
  • Anderson, Steven C 1999. The lizards of Iran. Contributions to Herpetology Volume 15, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Saint Louis, Missouri: i-vii, 1-442 [review in Copeia 2000 (4): 1144] - 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
  • 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]
  • HOSSEINZADEH, Mahboubeh Sadat; Masood FARHADI QOMI, Babak NAIMI, Dennis RÖDDER, Seyed Mahdi KAZEMI, 2017. Habitat suitability and modelling the potential distribution of Ophiomorus nuchalis (Sauria: Scincidae) on the Iranian Plateau North-Western Journal of Zoology 2017: 14 (1): 60-63 - get paper here
  • Hosseinzadeh, Mahboubeh Sadat, Masood Farhadi Qomi and Seyed Mahdi Kazemi. 2016. Distribution of Ophiomorus nuchalis NILSON & ANDRÉN, 1978: Current status of knowledge. Herpetozoa 29 (1/2): 92-95 - 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
  • Nilson,G. & Andren,C. 1978. A new species of Ophiomorus (Sauna: Scincidae) from Kavir Desert, Iran. Copeia 1978 (3): 559-564 - get paper here
  • Nilson,G. & Andren,C. 1981. Die Herpetofauna des Kavir-Schutzgebietes, Kavir-Wüste, Iran. Salamandra 17 (3-4): 130-146 - get paper here
  • Qomi, M Farhadi; HG Kami, H Shajii, SM Kazemi 2011. Further Records of the Plateau Snake Skink Ophiomorus nuchalis Nilson and Andren, 1978 (Sauria: Scincidae) from Isfahan Province, Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 7 (2) - get paper here
  • RASTEGAR-POUYANI, NASRULLAH; HAJI GHOLI KAMI, MEHDI RAJABZADEH, SOHEILA SHAFIEI AND STEVEN CLEMENT ANDERSON 2008. Annotated Checklist of Amphibians and Reptiles of Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 4 (1): 7-30
  • Sami, Soheil; Barbod Safaei-Mahroo,Hanyeh Ghaffari 2017. Range Extensions of Three Endemic Snake-Skinks (Scincidae: Ophiomorus) in Iran Russ. J. Herpetol. 24 (4): 329-332<br /> - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - 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
 
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