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Omanosaura cyanura (ARNOLD, 1972)

IUCN Red List - Omanosaura cyanura - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Blue-tailed Oman Lizard 
SynonymLacerta cyanura ARNOLD 1972: 116
Lacerta (Omanosaura) cyanura — LUTZ, BISCHOFF & MAYER 1986
Omanosaura cyanura — VAN DER KOOIJ 2001
Omanosaura cyanura — GROSSMANN et al. 2012
Omanosaura cyanura — MENDES et al. 2018 
DistributionOman Mts. (Oman, United Arab Emirates)

Type locality: Trucial States, Wadi Shawkah, 25°06’ N, 50°03' E.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1971.1291, female 
CommentJuveniles have whitish-yellowish and dark longitudinal stripes and bluish tails while adults have rather uniform brownish color with blue tails and bellies.

Phylogenetics: O. cyanura is clearly split into northern and southern populations (Mendes et al. 2018).

Distribution: See map in Burriel-Carranza et al. 2019 for map in UAE. 
  • Arnold, E.N. 1972. Lizards with northern affinities from the mountains of Oman. Zoologische Mededelingen 47: 111-128 - get paper here
  • BOSCH, H.A.J. IN DEN & KRONIGER, M. 2008. Bemerkungen zur blauen Omaneidechse Omanosaura cyanura (ARNOLD, 1972) und deren missglückter Dauerhaltung. Die Eidechse 19 (3): 65-75. - get paper here
  • Burriel-Carranza B, Pedro Tarroso, Johannes Els, Andrew Gardner, Pritpal Soorae, Ahmed Ali Mohammed, Sai Ravi Krishna Tubati, Mohamed Mustafa Eltayeb, Junid Nazeer Shah, Héctor Tejero-Cicuéndez, Marc Simó-Riudalbas, Juan Manuel Pleguezuelos, Daniel F 2019. An integrative assessment of the diversity, phylogeny, distribution, and conservation of the terrestrial reptiles (Sauropsida, Squamata) of the United Arab Emirates. PLoS ONE 14(5): e0216273 - get paper here
  • Carranza S, Xipell M, Tarroso P, Gardner A, Arnold EN, Robinson MD, et al. 2018. Diversity, distribution and conservation of the terrestrial reptiles of Oman (Sauropsida, Squamata). PLoS One 13 (2): e0190389 - get paper here
  • Gardner, A.S. 2009. Mapping the terrestrial reptile distributions in Oman and the United Arab Emirates. ZooKeys 31: 165–177 - get paper here
  • Gebhart, J. 2013. Oman, quer durch`s Weihrauchland - ein Reisetagebuch. L@CERTIDAE (Eidechsen Online) 2013 [8]: 142-159 - get paper here
  • Grossmann, W., T. Kowalski, B. M. ZWANZIG & H.-J. ZILGER 2012. Ergänzende herpetologische Beobachtungen auf dem Saiq-Plateau und im Jebel al-Akhdar, Sultanat Oman. Sauria 34 (4): 3-18 - get paper here
  • GRUBER, H.-J., U. HECKES & M. HESS 1993. Zwei neue Fundorte von Lacerta cyanura, ARNOLD 1972, im südlichen Oman-Gebirge. Die Eidechse 4 (8): 15-21 - get paper here
  • Jongbloed, M. 2000. Field Guide to the reptiles and amphibians of the UAE - Wild about reptiles. Barkers Trident Communications, 116 pp.
  • Leptien, R. 1994. Eerste kweek met de Blauwe Hagedis, Lacerta cyanura. Lacerta 53 (2): 61-64 - get paper here
  • Leptien, R. 2005. Omanosaura - die arabischen Halsbandeidechsen. Draco 5 (21): 72-75 - get paper here
  • Leptien, Rolf 1997. Omanosaura - die Eidechsen der Omanberge. DATZ 50 (12): 788-791
  • Leptien, Rolf; Böhme, Wolfgang 1994. Gefangenschafts-Erstnachzucht von Lacerta (Omanosaura ) cyanura Arnold, 1972, mit Bemerkungen zur Einbeziehung ihrer Fortpflanzungsstrategie und ihres Jugendkleides in systematische Überlegungen (Squamata: Sauria: Lacertidae)]. Herpetozoa 7 (1/2): 3-9 - get paper here
  • Lutz, D., BISCHOFF, W. & MAYER, W. 1986. Chemosystematische Untersuchungen zur Stellung von Lacerta jayakari Boulenger, 1887, sowie der Gattungen Gallotia Boulenger und Psammodromus Fitzinger (Sauria; Lacertidae). Z. zool. Syst. Evolut.forsch. 24: 144-157 - get paper here
  • Mayer, W., and Bischoff, W. 1996. Beiträge zur taxonomischen Revision der Gattung Lacerta (Reptilia: Lacertidae). Teil 1: Zootoca, Omanosaura, Timon und Teira als eigenständige Gattungen. Salamandra 32 (3): 163-170 - get paper here
  • Mendes J, Salvi D, Harris DJ, Els J, Carranza S. 2018. Hidden in the Arabian Mountains: Multilocus phylogeny reveals cryptic diversity in the endemic Omanosaura lizards. J Zool Syst Evol Res. 2018;00:1–13 - get paper here
  • Sindaco, Roberto; Alberto Venchi and Cristina Grieco 2011. The southern limit of Omanosaura lizards (Squamata: Lacertidae). Herpetology Notes 4: 171-172 - get paper here
  • van der Kooij, Jeroen 2001. The herpetofauna of the Sultanate of Oman: Part 3: The true lizards, skinks and monitor lizards. Podarcis 2 (1): 15-26 - get paper here
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