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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Cladus: Unidentata Episquamata

Subordo: Lacertoidea
Infraordo: Lacertibaenia

Familia: Lacertidae
Subfamilia: Lacertinae
Genus: Ophisops
Species: Ophisops microlepis

Ophisops microlepis Blanford, 1870

Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2022. Ophisops microlepis. The Reptile Database. Accessed on 21 September 2019.
Srinivasulu, C., Srinivasulu, B., Böhm, M. & Richman, N. 2013. IUCN: Ophisops microlepis (Least Concern). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T174125A1412859. DOI: 10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-1.RLTS.T174125A1412859.en

Vernacular names
English: Western Snake-eyed Lizard

Ophisops microlepis, the small-scaled lacerta, is a species of lizards found in parts of India.[1][2]
Distribution and description

Head much depressed; snout long; loreal region concave; upper labials projecting, angular. Upper head-shields smooth; nostril latero-superior, pierced between an upper and a lower nasal; a small postnasal wedged in between the two nasals; these three shields more or less distinctly swollen; fronto-nasal single; pre-frontals obtusely keeled; frontal much narrowed posteriorly, grooved longitudinally; four supraoculars, first and fourth smallest, the two principal separated from the supraciliaries by a series of granules; occipital small, broader than the interparietal, with which it is usually in contact; subocular bordering the lip, between the fourth and fifth upper labials; temporal scales small, obtusely keeled; two large supra-temporals bordering the parietal; tympanic shield very large, opercle-like. No gular fold; collar usually distinguishable. Dorsal scales small, as large as laterals or slightly larger; 52 to 64 scales round the middle of the body, ventrals included. Ventrals in 6 longitudinal series. A large postero-median pre-anal plate. The hind limb reaches the ear, or between the ear and the eye. 13 to 10 femoral pores on each side. Tail about twice as long as head and body; caudal scales very large. Brown or greyish above, with small black spots which may form a network on the sides; usually one or two pale longitudinal streaks on each side; lower surfaces white. From snout to vent 2.5 inches : tail 5.5.[3]

Found in Bengal, Kachchh, Bilaspur.

Srinivasulu, C.; Srinivasulu, B.; Böhm, M.; Richman, N. (2013). "Ophisops microlepis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2013: e.T174125A1412859. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-1.RLTS.T174125A1412859.en. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
Ophisops microlepis at the Reptile Database. Accessed 28 August 2020.

Boulenger, G. A. 1890. Fauna of British India. Reptilia and Batrachia.


Blanford, W.T. 1870 Notes on some Reptilia and Amphibia from Central India. J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal 39: 335-376
John, S; Joshi B D; Soni V C 1993 Studies on morphometry, cephalic plates and body scales of Ophisops microlepis Blanford. Journal of Animal Morphology and Physiology 38 (1-2), [June–December 1991]: 191-198

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