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Ophiomorus tridactylus (BLYTH, 1853)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Three-toed Snake Skink, Indian Sand Swimmer 
SynonymSphenocephalus tridactylus BLYTH 1853: 654
Sphenoscincus tridactylus — PETERS 1875
Ophiomorus tridactylus — BOULENGER 1887 (part.)
Ophiomorus tridactylus — SMITH 1935: 346
Ophiomorus tridactylus — LEVITON 1959: 450
Ophiomorus tridactylus — DAS 1996: 47
Ophiomorus tridactylus — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Ophiomorus tridactylus — NASRABADI et al. 2017 
DistributionW Pakistan, S Afghanistan (LEVITON 1959: 461), E Iran

Type locality: Afghanistan  
TypesSyntypes: ZSI 2526-2529, 2531-2532 (fide Das et al, 1998) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Snout cuneiform, with sharp angular labial edge; supranasals usually narrowly in contact, partly separated from one another by the apex of the rostral; prefrontals in contact with the upper labials; frontonasal broader than long; parietal in contact with anterior temporal, postocular scale about as large as posterior suboculars. Twenty-two scales round the middle of the body. A distinct ventrolateral edge from snout to groin. Fingers three; toes three; usually seven or eight scales on third (longest) toe (ANDERSON & LEVITON 1966).

Color: Cream or pale brown above in preservative, uniform, or with a dorsolateral brown line on either side, from nostril, through the eye, on body, and extending onto tail, composed of more or less confluent dots on one or two rows of scales; occasionally with a few scattered dark spots on dorsum; brown dots arranged in lines on dorsal surface of tail. Dorsal surface of hind limbs with brown dots. A few dark marks on head shields present or absent. Immaculate cream below (ANDERSON & LEVITON 1966). 
CommentSMITH 1935 cited BLYTH as BLYTH 1855 (not 1853).

There has been some confusion about the distribution of this species in India, as various authors have included in the fauna of India but others haven’t. Reports from India have confused O. raithmai with this species (A. Bauer, pers. comm., 30 Aug 2011). Not in India (Gujarat) fide Patel & Vyas 2019.

Distribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
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