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Ophiomorus brevipes (BLANFORD, 1874)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Short-legged Snake Skink 
SynonymZygnopsis brevipes BLANFORD 1874: 33
Zygnidopsis brevipes — BLANDORD 1879: 128 (nom. emend.)
Ophiomorus brevipes — BOULENGER 1887
Ophiomorus brevipes — SMITH 1935: 348
Ophiomorus brevipes — LEVITON 1959: 461
Ophiomorus brevipes — ANDERSON 1999
Ophiomorus brevipes — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Ophiomorus brevipes — NASRABADI et al. 2017 
DistributionSE Iran, Afghanistan (LEVITON 1959), Pakistan (KHAN, pers. comm.)

Type locality: Sáadatabád, S.W. of Karman [Kerman], Persia  
Reproductionviviparous 
TypesHolotype: ZSI 3464 (fide Das et al, 1998) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Snout cuneiform, a slight labial edge; interparietal broader than long. Twenty-two scales round the middle of the body. Fingers four; toes three. Cream or pale brown above in preservative, each scale of the two median dorsal rows with a central brown soot, these formings two distinct lines the length of body and tail. The scale rows immediately lateral to these median rows lack dark markings. The next three lateral rows each with a dark marking on each scale, forming either three distinct lateral stripes, or a single broad stripe the length of body and tail. Immaculate white below. A dark line from nostril through eye and temporal region, contacting lateral stripes on the body. A single line on frontonasal and frontal, divided on posterior portion of frontal, reuniting on posterior portion of interparietal (ANDERSON & LEVITON 1966). 
CommentDistribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “brevis, -e” = short and “pes, pedis” = foot. 
References
  • Anderson, S.C. 1963. Amphibians and Reptiles from Iran. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. Ser. 4, 31(16): 417-498 - get paper here
  • Anderson, S.C. & Leviton,A.E. 1966. A review of the genus Ophiomorus (Sauria: Scincidae), with descriptions of three new forms. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 33 (16): 499-534 - get paper here
  • Anderson, Steven C 1999. The lizards of Iran. Contributions to Herpetology Volume 15, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Saint Louis, Missouri: i-vii, 1-442 [review in Copeia 2000 (4): 1144] - get paper here
  • Blanford, W.T. 1874. Descriptions of new Reptilia and Amphibia from Persia and Baluchistan. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (4) 14: 31-35 - 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: 575 pp. - get paper here
  • Damadi, Ehsan; Rasoul Karamiani; Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani; Ali Gholamifard 2017. A checklist of lizards from southeastern part of the Sistan and Baluchestan Province in southeastern Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics, DOI: 10.22067/ijab.v13i1.50398 - get paper here
  • Forcart, Lothar 1950. Amphibien und Reptilien von Iran. Verh. naturf. Ges. Basel 61: 141-156
  • Greer, Allen E. and George D. F. Wilson 2001. Comments on the scincid lizard genus Ophiomorus, with a cladistic analysis of the species. Hamadryad 26 (2): 261-271 [2002]
  • KAZEMI, SEYED MAHDI; MASOOD FARHADI QOMI, HAJI GHOLI KAMI AND STEVEN CLEMENT ANDERSON 2011. A new species of Ophiomorus (Squamata: Scincidae) from Maranjab Desert, Isfahan Province, Iran, with a revised key to the genus. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 5 (1): 23-33. - get paper here
  • Khan, M.S. 2003. CHECKLIST AND KEY TO THE LIZARDS OF PAKISTAN. Pakistan J. Zool. Suppl. Ser. (1): 1-25 - get paper here
  • Leviton, Alan E. 1959. Report on a collection of reptiles from Afghanistan. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 29 (12): 445-463 - get paper here
  • NASRABADI, REZA; NASRULLAH RASTEGAR-POUYANI, ESKANDAR RASTEGAR-POUYANI, AHMAD GHARZI 2017. A revised key to the lizards of Iran (Reptilia: Squamata: Lacertilia). Zootaxa 4227 (3): 431–443 - get paper here
  • RASTEGAR-POUYANI, NASRULLAH; HAJI GHOLI KAMI, MEHDI RAJABZADEH, SOHEILA SHAFIEI AND STEVEN CLEMENT ANDERSON 2008. Annotated Checklist of Amphibians and Reptiles of Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 4 (1): 7-30
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • ŠMÍD, JIŘÍ; JIŘÍ MORAVEC, PETR KODYM, LUKÁŠ KRATOCHVÍL, SEYYED SAEED HOSSEINIAN YOUSEFKHANI, ESKANDAR RASTEGAR-POUYANI & DANIEL FRYNTA 2014. Annotated checklist and distribution of the lizards of Iran. Zootaxa 3855 (1): 001–097 - get paper here
  • 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.
 
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