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Ophisaurus compressus COPE, 1900

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Higher TaxaAnguidae (Anguinae), Diploglossa, Anguimorpha, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Island Glass Lizard 
SynonymOphisaurus ventralis compressus COPE 1900: 501
Ophisaurus compressus — MCCONKEY 1954: 143
Ophisaurus compressus — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 140
Ophisaurus compressus — COLLINS & TAGGART 2009 
DistributionUSA (SE South Carolina, SE Georgia, Florida)

Type locality: South Island, Georgetown County, South Carolina  
TypesHolotype: USNM 21359, male 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: An Ophisaurus differing from other North American members of the genus in that one or more upper labials of each side are not separated from the orbit by lorilabials, and in that thd scales along the lateral fold number 97 or less [McConkey 1954: 143] 
  • Camper, Jeffrey D. 2019. The Reptiles of South Carolina. University of South Carolina Press, 288 pp. [review in Copeia 107 (3): 590, 2019] - get paper here
  • Collins, J.T. and T. W. Taggart 2009. Standard Common and Current Scientific Names for North American Amphibians, Turtles, Reptiles, and Crocodilians, Sixth Edition. Center for North American Herpetology, 48 pp.
  • Conant,R. & Collins,J.T. 1991. A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern/Central North America, 3rd ed. Houghton Mifflin (Boston/New York), xx + 450 p.
  • Cope, E.D. 1900. The crocodilians, lizards and snakes of North America. Ann. Rep. U.S. Natl. Mus. 1898: 153-1270 - get paper here
  • Crother, B. I. (ed.) 2012. Standard Common and Current Scientific Names for North American Amphibians, Turtles, Reptiles, and Crocodilians, Seventh Edition. Herpetological Circular 39: 1-92
  • Enge, Kevin M. 1994. Ophisaurus compressus (Island glass lizard). USA: Florida. Herpetological Review 25 (4): 165 - get paper here
  • Gibbons, Whit; Judy Greene, and Tony Mills 2009. LIZARDS AND CROCODILIANS OF THE SOUTHEAST. University of Georgia Press, 240 pp.
  • Holman, J. Alan 1971. Ophisaurus compressus. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles (113): 1-2 - get paper here
  • Jensen, John B.; Carlos D. Camp, Whit Gibbons, & Matt J. Elliott 2008. Amphibians and reptiles of Georgia. University of Georgia Press, 575 pp.
  • Langner, Ch. 2019. Ich komme Dir auf die Schliche! Verkanntes Schleichenvolk – die interessanten Echsen der Familie Anguidae. Reptilia (Münster) 24 (136): 16-27 - get paper here
  • McConkey, Edwin H. 1954. A systematic study of the North American lizards of the genus Ophisaurus. American Midland Naturalist 51 (1): 133-171 - get paper here
  • Palmer W M 1987. A new species of glass lizard (Anguidae: Ophisaurus) from the southeastern United States. Herpetologica 43 (4) 1987: 415-423 - get paper here
  • Shoop, C. Robert;Ruckdeschel, C. 1997. Geographic Distribution. Ophisaurus compressus. Herpetological Review 28 (3): 157 - get paper here
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