Ophisops microlepis BLANFORD, 1870
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Ophisops microlepis?
|Higher Taxa||Lacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Small-scaled lacerta|
|Synonym||Ophisops (Gymnops) microlepis BLANFORD 1870: 351|
Gymnops microlepis — STOLICZKA 1872
Ophisops microlepis — SMITH 1935: 380
Ophisops microlepis — JOHN et al. 1993
Ophisops microlepis — DAS 1996: 49
Ophisops microlepis — MURTHY 2010
|Distribution||C/NE India (Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan), Bangladesh (?)|
Type locality: ‘Korba in Biláspúr, the eastern part of Chhatisgarh division, Central Province’ (in Madhya Pradesh, central India).
|Types||Holotype: ZSI 2236; syntype: BMNH 19220.127.116.11 (?)|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Ophisops microlepis can be distinguished from members of the small- bodied clade of Ophisops by its larger body size (SVL up to 61.5 mm versus SVL < 45 mm in O. beddomei, O. jerdonii and O. nictans), the higher number of scales in a transverse row around midbody (RBS 56–61 versus < 35 in O. beddomei, O. jerdonii and O. nictans) and the higher number of dorsal scales in a longitudinal series (DS > 120 versus < 52 in O. beddomei, O. jerdonii and O. nictans). Ophisops microlepis can be distinguished from the other large-bodied Indian congener, O. leschenaulti by the larger body size of the former (SVL up to 61.5 mm versus SVL ≤ 50 mm), higher number of scales around midbody (56–61 versus 42–50) and the lower eyelid fused with the upper eyelid (versus lower eyelid distinct from upper in O. leschenaulti). Ophisops microlepis is most closely related to the two new species described herein, and diagnoses against the new species are provided after their descriptions [from Agarwal et al. 2018].|
|Comment||Distribution: see map in Agarwal & Ramakrishnan 2017 (Fig. 2) for 6 localities. Not in Gujarat where this species is replaced by O. kutchensis and O. pushkarensis (see Agarwal et al 2018).|
Similar species: Eastern population of O. microlepis have been split off as O. kutchensis and O. pushkarensis.
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