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Ophisops elbaensis SCHMIDT & MARX, 1957

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesMount Elba Snake-eyed Lizard 
SynonymOphisops elbaensis SCHMIDT & MARX 1957
Ophisops elbaensis — BAHA EL DIN 2006: 178 
DistributionNE Sudan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen

Type locality: Egypt, Sudan Government Administrative Area,
Gebel Elba, Wadi Kansisrob; elevation 4,000 feet Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesHolotype: FMNH 73601 
CommentThe Gebel Elba Snake-eyed Lizard, Ophisops elbaensis, is a strikingly colored lizard that was originally thought to be endemic to Gebel Elba but has since been found in the Arabian Peninsula. 
  • Baha el Din, S. 2006. A guide to the reptiles and amphibians of Egypt. The American University in Cairo Press, Cairo. xvi + 359 pp.
  • Schleich, H.H., Kästle,W., Kabisch, K. 1996. Amphibians and Reptiles of North Africa. Koeltz, Koenigstein, 627 pp.
  • Schmidt, K.P. & H. MARX 1957. Results of the namru-3 southeastern Egypt Expedition, 1954. 2. Reptiles and amphibians. Bull. Zool. soc. Egypt, Cairo, 13: 16-27
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
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