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Ophisops elbaensis SCHMIDT & MARX, 1957

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

Type locality: Egypt, Sudan Government Administrative Area,
Gebel Elba, Wadi Kansisrob; elevation 4,000 feet  
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. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
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