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Ablepharus lindbergi WETTSTEIN, 1960

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Lindberg’s Twin-striped Skink, Lindberg’s Snake-Eyed Skink
G: Lindbergs Natternauge 
SynonymAblepharus bivittatus lindbergi WETTSTEIN 1960: 61
Ablepharus bivittatus lindbergi — FUHN 1969
Ablepharus lindbergi — EREMCHENKO & SZCZERBAK 1980
Ablepharus lindbergi — EREMCHENKO & SZCZERBAK 1986
Ablepharus lindbergi — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Ablepharus lindbergi — GEMEL & VERGILOV 2020 
DistributionW Afghanistan

Type locality: “E Hérat, W-Afghanistan (Steppe einige km W Obeh)”  
TypesHolotype: NMW 15877 (one paratype at NMW lost fide Gemel & Vergilov 2020); Eremchenko & Shcherbak (1980) designated another “paratype” ZISP 18244, from “Western Afghanistan, Kuh-i-Baba Mountain Ridge near the Band-i-Amir Lake, 2800 m a.s.l., 70 km W of Bamyan”. Leg.: E. Sugonyaev, 16.IX.1966. However, this specimen is not a paratype as it is not part of the original type series (Gemel & Vergilov 2020). 
DiagnosisDescription: “Stimmen mit 2 Exemplaren des typischen bivittatus vollkommen
überein, nur haben die beiden afghanischen Stücke 26 Schuppenreihen rund um die Körpermitte statt (22)-24. Dadurch erreichen sie die hohe Schuppenzahl von A.alaicus, von welcher Art das Museum Wien ebenfalls 2 Exemplare besitzt. Die zwei afghanischen Stücke messen 46+68 mm (Typus) und 50+50 mm (Paratypus).” (Wettstein 1960: 61) 
EtymologyNamed after the collector of the type. 
  • 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
  • Eremchenko, V.K.; Shcherbak, N.N. 1980. Ablepharus lindbergi sp. n. (Reptilia, Sauria, Scincidae) from Afghanistan - a new species of snake-eyed lizard. Vestnik Zoologii 1980 1980 (6): 84-86
  • GEMEL, R., & VERGILOV, V. 2020. Nomenclatural-taxonomic notes on the genus Ablepharus Fitzinger, 1824 (Squamata: Scincidae). Zootaxa 4858 (3): 448-450 - get paper here
  • Jablonski D, Urošević A, Andjelković M, Džukić G 2019. An unknown collection of lizards from Afghanistan. ZooKeys 843: 129-147 - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • Wettstein, O. 1960. Lacertilia aus Afghanistan. Contribution a l’etude de la faune d’Afghanistan. 3 [in German]. Zool. Anz. 165: 58-63
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