Ophisops nictans (ARNOLD, 1989)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Ophisops nictans?
|Higher Taxa||Lacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Lesser snake-eyed lacerta|
|Synonym||Cabrita jerdonii BEDDOME 1870: 34|
Cabritropsis jerdoni BEDDOME in BLANFORD 1870 (fide SMITH 1935)
Cabrita jerdoni — SMITH 1935: 375
Cabrita jerdoni minor DERANIYAGALA 1971: 104
Ophisops nictans ARNOLD 1989: 245 (nom. subst. pro O. jerdonii BEDDOME 1870)
Ophisops minor minor — BÖHME & BISCHOFF 1991: 220
Ophisops minor nictans — BÖHME & BISCHOFF 1991: 220
Ophisops minor — DAS 1996: 49
Ophisops minor minor — SOMAWEERA & SOMAWEERA 2009
Ophisops minor nictans — MURTHY 2010
Ophisops minor nictans — MAYER 2015
Ophisops minor nictans — GANESH & ARUMUGAM 2016
Ophisops nictans — PATEL & VYAS 2020
|Distribution||NE/E India, E Sri Lanka|
minor: E Sri Lanka; Type locality: “Bulupitiya-Nilgala area in Uva Province”, Sri Lanka.
nictans: India (Tamil Nadu, Karantaka). Type locality: “between Collegal and Cauverypuram" (near Karnataka / Tamil Nadu border)
|Types||Holotype: NMSL (Colombo National Museum) 1971.1.1; paratypes: 14 specimen, also in Colombo|
|Comment||Synonymy: partly after SMITH 1935. After Cabrita was synonymized with Ophisops by ARNOLD 1989, Cabrita jerdonii BEDDOME 1870 became a homonym of Ophisops jerdonii BLYTH 1853. Hence, ARNOLD 1989 proposed a substitute name, Ophisops minor nictans. Unfortunately, DERANIYAGALA 1971 had described Cabrita jerdoni minor previously, which may be conspecific with O. nictans, and thus has priority. However, the status of minor remains unclear as there appear to be very few known specimens.|
|Etymology||Named after its rather small body size compared to Ophisops leschenaultii.|
O. m. nictans has been named after the presence of eyelid and nictitating faculty in this subspecies.