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Ophiomorus persicus (STEINDACHNER, 1867)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Scincinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Persian Snake Skink 
SynonymHemipodion persicum STEINDACHNER 1867: 265
Ophiomorus persicus — BOULENGER 1887
Ophiomorus persicus — FRYNTA et al. 1997
Ophiomorus persicus — ANDERSON 1999
Ophiomorus persicus — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Ophiomorus persicus — GHOLAMIFARD 2011
Ophiomorus persicus — NASRABADI et al. 2017 
DistributionSW Iran (Fars: Zagros mountains)

Type locality: Persia; restricted to Iran: Fars Province: 5 km SE of Pol-i-Abgineh, approx. 29° 33’ N, 51° 46’ E by ANDERSON & LEVITON 1966.  
TypesSyntypes: NMW 10398:1, 2 and 10399:1, 2 
CommentDistribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution in Persia (now: Iran). 
  • 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
  • Frynta,D. et al. 1997. Results of the Czech biological expedition to Iran. Part 1. Notes on the distribution of amphibians and reptiles. Acta Soc. Zool. Bohem. 61: 3-17
  • Gemel, R.; G. Gassner & S. Schweiger 2019. Katalog der Typen der Herpetologischen Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien – 2018. Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, B 121: 33–248
  • Gholamifard, A 2011. Endemism in the reptile fauna of Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 7 (1) - get paper here
  • 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
  • Kiabi, B., B. Zehzad, H. G. Kami & S. Shafii 1999. On a new record of the Persian Skink, Ophiomorus persicus, in Iran. Zoology in the Middle East 19: 71 - 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
  • Sami, Soheil; Barbod Safaei-Mahroo, Hanyeh Ghaffari 2017. Range Extensions of Three Endemic Snake-Skinks (Scincidae: Ophiomorus) in Iran. Russ. J. Herpetol. 24 (4): 329-332<br /> - get paper here
  • 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
  • Steindachner, F. 1867. Herpetologische Notizen. Sitzungsber. Akad. Wiss Wien 55: 263-273 - get paper here
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