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Ophisops elbaensis SCHMIDT & MARX, 1957

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
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  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: FMNH 73601 
DiagnosisAn Ophisops having the parietals not in contact with each other, separated by a very large occipital and a small post-occipital, supraoculars and supraciliaries in contact with each other, lacking an intermediate series of granules, and the ventral border of the subocular almost twice the ventral border of the fourth upper labial. 
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. 
Etymology 
References
  • 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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