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Ophisops agarwali PATEL & VYAS, 2020

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Agarwal’s lacerta; Agarwal’s snake-eye 
SynonymOphisops agarwali PATEL & VYAS 2020 
DistributionIndia (Gujarat)

Type locality: plateau near Bhuvero (22.52824°N 74.13162°E; ca. 630 m a.s.l.), Ratanmahal, Dahod district, Gujarat, India  
TypesHolotype. BNHS 2750, adult female, collected by Raju Vyas on 30 April 2000. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: The new species was morphologically diagnosed as Ophisops based on the absence of a distinct collar, presence of a large transparent disc on the lower eyelid and digits not fringed laterally (Boulenger 1921; Smith 1935). A small bodied Ophisops characterized by (1) snout-vent length up to 40 mm; (2) two frontonasals present; (3) prefrontals not in contact; (4) enlarged tympanic scale absent; (5) 30 scales at mid-body; (6) 19 lamellae underneath the fourth toe; (7) five chin shields, first two in contact medially; (8) 15 scales between symphysis of chin shields and ventral plates; (9) large mental scale, extending beyond second supralabial; (10) females with 9 femoral pores on either side interrupted by three poreless scales. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a patronym, honouring Dr. Ishan Agarwal for his significant contributions to the study of reptile systematics and biogeography (especially of geckos and lacertids of south Asia), and constant inspiration to the authors. 
  • Patel, H., & Vyas, R. 2020. Lost before being recognized? A new species of the genus Ophisops (Squamata: Lacertidae) from Gujarat, India. Ecologica Montenegrina 35: 31-44 - get paper here
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