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Ablepharus deserti STRAUCH, 1868

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Desert Lidless Skink 
SynonymAblepharus deserti STRAUCH 1868: 366
Ablepharus tenuis NIKOLSKY 1908: 340
Ablepharus tenuis — NIKOLSKY 1915
Ablepharus turkestanicus AHL 1925
Ablepharus deserti — GREER 1974: 9
Ablepharus deserti — KOLBINTZEV et al. 20
Ablepharus deserti — SZCZERBAK 2003
Ablepharus deserti — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008 
DistributionS Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, N Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, E Turkmenistan, China (NW Xinjiang)

Type locality: “auf den Sandhügeln des Ustjurt [...] bei Akmetschet” [= Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan].  
TypesLectotype: ZISP 569, female (designated by Eremchenko & Szczerbak, 1986); Paratypes: MNHN
Holotype: ZISP 10531, “Prope Vernyi (prov. Semiretschenskaja)” [Almaty, Kazakhstan]. Leg.: A. A. Mathiessen, 18.V.1905; This specimen is also the type of Ablepharus turkestanicus Ahl, 1925 fide Barabanov & Milto 2017 [Ablepharus tenuis] 
CommentSynonymy after KHALIKOV & ANANJEVA (pers. comm.)

Distribution: see map in Dujsebayeva 2015 (for Kazakhstan). 
  • Alibardi, L. 2021. Limb regeneration in lizards under natural and experimental conditions with considerations on the induction of appendages regeneration in amniotes. Annals of Anatomy-Anatomischer Anzeiger, 151844. - get paper here
  • BARABANOV, ANDREI & KONSTANTIN MILTO 2017. An annotated type catalogue of the anguid, dibamid, scincid and varanid lizards in the Department of Herpetology, Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia (Reptilia: Sauria: Anguidae, Dibamidae, Scincidae and Varanida Zootaxa 4244 (1): 065–078 - get paper here
  • Brushko, Z.K. 1995. Lizards of desert regions of Kazakhstan. [in Russian] Kazakhstan National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Zoology, Almaty, 232 pp.
  • Brygoo, E.R. 1985. Les types des scincidés (Reptiles, Sauriens) du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, catalogue critique. Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. (4e sér.) 7 (sect. A 3), suppl.: 1-126
  • Davletbakov, A. T.; L. A. Kustareva, D. A. Milko, A. N. Ostastshenko, S. S. Sagymbaev, S. A. Toropov, N. V. Trotchenko 2015. Genetical Fund Cadastre of Kyrgyz Republic. Vol. IV. Phylum Chordata (chordates). Bishkek, 128 p. + XXXVI color tables - get paper here
  • Dujsebayeva, T. N. (ed.) 2010. Short review of last changes in the checklist of amphibians and reptiles of Kazakhstan. [in Russian]. In: Dujsebayeva, T. N. (ed.) Herpetological Researches in Kazakhstan and adjacent countries, p. 37-52
  • Enderson, E.F. 2001. Predation an method of ingestion by a Desert Nightsnake (Hypsiglena torquata) on a Great Plains Toad (Bufo cognatus). Sonoran Herpetologist 14 (2):14-15. - get paper here
  • Jarchow, J.L. 1990. Herp health: near drowning in a Desert Tortoise. Sonoran Herpetologist 3 (9):77, 83. - get paper here
  • Klingel, G.C. 1980. A Saharan Surprise and a Desert Mystery Bull. Maryland Herpetol. Soc., 16(1): 35-36. - get paper here
  • Kolbintzev, Vladimir, Larissa Miroschnichenko and Tatjana Dujsebayeva 2000. Distribution and natural history of the lidless skinks, Asymblepharus alaicus and Ablepharus deserti (Sauria: Scincidae) in the Aksu-Djabagly Nature Reserve (Western Tian-Shan Mountains), Kazakstan. Asiatic Herpetological Research 8: 69-74 [1999] - get paper here
  • Lambert, M.R.K. 2002. Preliminary observations on herpetofaunal diversity in the Almaty region, Southern Kazakhstan (September 1998). Herpetological Bulletin (79): 7-13 - get paper here
  • Lance, K. 2012. An instance of diurnal predation by a Desert Nightsnake, Hypsiglena chlorophaea. Sonoran Herpetologist 25 (10):99-100. - get paper here
  • Nikolsky, A. M. 1908. Matériaux pour l’herpétologie du turkestan russe. [in Russian] Annuaire du Musée Zoologique de l’Académie Impériale des Sciences de St. Pétersbourg 13: 336-344 - get paper here
  • Pestov M.V. 2014. Desert lidless skink Ablepharus deserti Strauch, 1868 (Reptilia: Scincidae) in the Mangistau region (Kazakhstan). Current Studies in Herpetology 14 (3/4): 134–136 - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • Strauch, A. 1868. Ueber die Arten del' Eidechsen-Gattung Ablepharus (Fitz.). Bull. Ac. Sc. St. Petel'sb. xii: 359-371 or<br />Mél. Biol. Acad. Imp. Sci. St. Petersburg 6: 553-570 - get paper here
  • Szczerbak, N.N. 2003. Guide to the Reptiles of the Eastern Palearctic. Krieger, Malabar, FL, 260 pp. - get paper here
  • Tuegel, M. 2003. Death in a Desert Grassland: Kinosternon sonoriense (Sonoran Mud Turtle) Mortality. Sonoran Herpetologist 16 (9):77. - get paper here
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