Southern and eastern India and east Sri Lanka. 

Species:

Ophisops leschenaultii  (MILNE-EDWARDS, 1829)

Subspecies (2):

Ophisops leschenaultii leschenaultii  (MILNE-EDWARDS, 1829)

Ophisops leschenaultii lankae  DERANIYAGALA, 1953

Synonyms:

Lacerta leschenaultii  MILNE-EDWARDS, 1829

Cabrita brunnea  GRAY, 1838

Calosaura Leschenaultii  DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1839

Cabrita leschenaultii  BLANFORD, 1870

Ophisops leschenaultii  DAS, 1996

Common names:

Leschenault’s Snake-eyed Lizard (English)
Leschenaults Schlangenaugeneidechse (German)
Panduru sarpakshi katussa (Sinhala - Sri Lanka)

Types:

leschenaultii /i>: Holotype: MNHN-RA 2753

lankae/i>: Holotype: NMSL (probably); Paratype: NMSL

Terra Typica:

leschenaultii /i>: Designata (BOULENGER 1921) `coast of Coromandel`.

lankae/i>: Mullaittivu and Jaffna north of Sri Lanka.


Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Milne-Edwards, M.H. (1829) -  Description of Ophisops leschenaultii. -  In: “Recherches zoologiques pour servir à l`histoire des lézards, extraites d`une monographie de ce genre”. - Annales des sciences naturelles, Paris, 16: 50-89.  

  • Agarwal, I. & Ramakrishnan, U. (2017) -  A phylogeny of open-habitat lizards (Squamata: Lacertidae: Ophisops) supports the antiquity of Indian grassy biomes. -  Journal of Biogeography, 44 (9): 2021-2032.    

  • Kumar, G.C. & Srinivasulus, C. & Prasad, K.K. (2017) -  New locality records of Leschenault’s Snake Eye, Ophisops leschenaultii (Sauria: Lacertidae) (Milne-Edwards, 1829) from Telangana State, with notes on the species’ Natural History. -  IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians, 24 (1): 51-54.   

 
 
 
 

Ophisops leschenaultii: 9  pictures (see subspecies level)

 
 
 

Ophisops leschenaultii leschenaultii  © 2015 Deepak Deshpande