Ablepharus budaki

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Ablepharus budaki
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Ablepharus
Species: A. budaki
Binomial name
Ablepharus budaki
Göçmen, Kumlutas & Tosunoglu, 1996

Ablepharus budaki, commonly known as Budak's snake-eyed skink, is a species of skink endemic to the Near East.


A. budaki is a scincine saurian vertebrate. In 1997, it was promoted from its status as a subspecies of Ablepharus kitaibelii to full species status.


The specific name, budaki, is in honor of Turkish herpetologist Abidin Budak.[2]

Geographic range[edit]

A. budaki occurs in southern Turkey, western Syria, Cyprus, and Lebanon.


It is found in leaf litter of shrubby or forested areas.

Conservation status[edit]

It is common and has no major threats in most of its range, though in Lebanon it may face a threat from deforestation.


  1. ^ Lymberakis P, Crochet P-A, Tok V, Ugurtas I, Sevinç M, Hraoui-Bloquet S, Sadek R (2006). "Ablepharus budaki". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 18 February 2009. 
  2. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Ablepharus budaki, p. 42).

Further reading[edit]

  • Göçmen B, Kumlutas Y, Tosunoglu M. 1996. A new subspecies, Ablepharus kitaibelii (Bibron & Borry, 1833) budaki n. ssp. (Sauria: Scincidae) from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Turkish Journal of Zoology 20: 397–405.
  • Poulakakis N, Lymberakis P, Tsigenopoulos CS, Magoulas A, Mylonas M. 2005. Phylogenetic relationships and evolutionary history of snake-eyed skink Ablepharus kitaibelii (Sauria: Scincidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 34: 245–256.
  • Schmidtler JF. 1997. "Die Ablepharus kitaibelii - Gruppe in Süd-Anatolien und benachbarten Gebieten (Squamata: Sauria: Scinidae)". Herpetozoa 10 (1/2): 35-63.