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Ophisops leschenaultii
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Lacertidae
Subfamily: Lacertinae
Genus: Ophisops
Ménétries, 1832[1]

See text.

Unidentified Ophisops species (O. beddomei ?) from Bhimashankar hills, Maharashtra

Ophisops is a genus of wall lizards of the family Lacertidae. They are small lacertids characterized by transparent lower eyelids that are completely or partially fused with the upper lids to form a cap over the eye. Species of the genus Ophisops are distributed in southeast Europe, northeast Africa, to west Asia.[2]


The following eight species are recognized:[3]

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Ophisops.


  1. ^ "Ophisops ". Dahms Tierleben www.dahmstierleben.de
  2. ^ Minton SA Jr (1966). "A contribution to the herpetology of West Pakistan". Bull. American Mus. Nat. Hist. 134 (2): 29-184.
  3. ^ "Ophisops ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA (1887). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume III. Lacertidæ, ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xii + 575 pp. + Plates I-XL. (Genus "Ophiops [sic]", p. 72).
  • Ménétries É (1832). Catalogue raisonné des objets de zoologie recueillis dans un voyage au Caucase et jusqu'aux frontières actuelles de la Perse. Saint Petersburg: Russian Academy of Sciences. 330 pp. (Ophisops, new genus, p. 63). (in French).