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Ophisops microlepis BLANFORD, 1870

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesSmall-scaled lacerta 
SynonymOphisops (Gymnops) microlepis BLANFORD 1870: 351
Gymnops microlepis — STOLICZKA 1872
Ophisops microlepis — SMITH 1935: 380
Ophisops microlepis — JOHN et al. 1993
Ophisops microlepis — DAS 1996: 49
Ophisops microlepis — MURTHY 2010 
DistributionC/NE India (Gujarat, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan), Bangladesh (?)

Type locality: ‘Korba in Biláspúr, the eastern part of Chhatisgarh division, Central Province’ (in Madhya Pradesh, central India).  
TypesHolotype: ZSI 2236; syntype: BMNH 1946.8.6.12 (?) 
CommentDistribution: see map in Agarwal & Ramakrishnan 2017 (Fig. 2) for 6 localities.

Similar species: Eastern population of O. microlepis have been split off as O. kutchensis and O. pushkarensis. 
  • Aengals, R.; V.M. Sathish Kumar & Muhamed Jafer Palot 2013. Updated Checklist of Indian Reptiles.
  • Agarwal, I. and Ramakrishnan, U. 2017. A phylogeny of open-habitat lizards (Squamata: Lacertidae: Ophisops) supports the antiquity of Indian grassy biomes. J. Biogeogr.. doi:10.1111/jbi.12999 - get paper here
  • Agarwal, Ishan; Akshay Khandekar, Uma Ramakrishnan, Raju Vyas & Varad B. Giri 2018. Two new species of the Ophisops microlepis (Squamata: Lacertidae) complex from northwestern India with a key to Indian Ophisops. Journal of Natural History 52: 819-847; DOI: 10.1080/00222933.2018.1436203 - get paper here
  • Blanford,W.T. 1870. Notes on some Reptilia and Amphibia from Central India. J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 39: 335-376 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1887. Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) III. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropsidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. London: 575pp. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, George A. 1890. The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. Taylor & Francis, London, xviii, 541 pp. - get paper here
  • John,S; Joshi B D; Soni V C 1993. Studies on morphometry, cephalic plates and body scales of Ophisops microlepis Blanford. JOURNAL OF ANIMAL MORPHOLOGY AND PHYSIOLOGY 38 (1-2), [June-December 1991]: 191-198
  • Murthy, T.S.N. 2010. The reptile fauna of India. B.R. Publishing, New Delhi, 332 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
  • Smith,M.A. 1935. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Reptiles and Amphibia, Vol. II. Sauria. Taylor and Francis, London, 440 pp.
  • Venugopal, P.D. 2010. An updated and annotated list of Indian lizards (Reptilia: Sauria) based on a review of distribution records and checklists of Indian reptiles. Journal of Threatened Taxa 2 (3): 725-738. - get paper here
  • Vyas, Raju 2011. Priliminary Survey on Reptiles of Jassore Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat State, India. Russ. J. Herpetol. 18 (3): 210-214 - get paper here
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