Mesalina ayunensis ARNOLD, 1980
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|Higher Taxa||Lacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Ayun Sand Lizard, Arnold's Sand Lizard|
|Synonym||Mesalina ayunensis ARNOLD 1980: 309|
Mesalina ayunensis — JOGER & MAYER 2002
Mesalina ayunensis — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
|Distribution||SW Oman (Dhufar)|
Type locality: Ayun, Dhofar.
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 1977.1169, male Paratype: BMNH 1977.1168, female|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. As only two specimens are known, scale count is minimal. Up to at least 44 mm from snout to vent, quite slender, snout not very short, internasals in contact behind rostral, occipital scale very small or absent; lower eyelid with a number of enlarged, translucent, unpigmented scales in center. Dorsal scales 44, 47, gulars 32, 35 without a gular fold, ventrals in 10 longitudinal se- ries, a clearly defined row of enlarged scales beneath lower foreleg; femoral pores 16, 18 on each side; scales on upper surface of tibia smooth and small, not obviously larger than dorsal scales between hind legs and meeting large scales on lower surface of tibia abruptly; 27, 28 strongly bicarinate lamellae beneath fourth hind toe. Dorsum generally uniform without dark flanks, tail bright blue in life; hemipenis not small (over 10% of snout-vent length when fully everted) (Arnold, 1980, Yousefkhani et al. 2015).|
|Etymology||named after the type locality.|
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