New Record of Plateau Snake Skink, Ophiomorus nuchalis (Squamata: Scincidae), from Iran

Omid Mozaffari, Hanyeh Ghaffari, Kamran Kamali, Barbod Safaei


Four specimens of Ophiomorus nuchalis (Plateau Snake Skink) were collected from the northern edge of Kavir Protected Region on April 25, 2009, this is the 4th record for this skink from Iran and the first record from some place other than the type locality. The habitat of this skink in this locality is totally different from its habitat in the type locality. Information on habitat, color pattern, size, diet and sexual dimorphism is given.


habitat; Iran; Kavir; Ophiomorus nuchalis; Plateau Snake Skink

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Mozaffari O. (2007), Study on Reptiles of Kavir National Park and Protected Region, Pars Herpetologists Institute, pp. 105 – 107 [in Farsi].

Nilson G. and Andrén C. (1978), «A new species of Ophiomorus (Sauria: Scincidae) from Kavir Desert, Iran», Copeia, 1987(4), 559 – 564.



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