Ophisops beddomei

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Ophisops beddomei
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Lacertidae
Genus: Ophisops
Species: O. beddomei
Binomial name
Ophisops beddomei
(Jerdon, 1870)
  • Pseudophiops beddomei Jerdon, 1870
  • Pseudophiops monticola Beddome, 1870
  • Ophiops beddomii
    Stoliczka, 1872
  • Ophisops beddomei
    M.A. Smith, 1935[1]

Ophisops beddomei, commonly known as Beddome's snake-eye, is a species of lizard endemic to the Western Ghats of India. The type locality is given as Bramagherry Hills (Brahmagiri Hills), Wayanad. It is named after Richard Henry Beddome, 1830-1911, British army officer and botanist.[2]


Very similar to Ophisops jerdonii, it has two or three frontonasals on a transverse line, one or two azygos prefrontals nearly always are present, and the first and fourth supraoculars are usually broken up into several very small shields or granules. Lateral scales are distinctly smaller than the dorsals; 28 to 32 scales occur around the body. Femoral pores number eight to 13. Coloration is as in Ophisops jerdonii, but the upper lateral light streak is frequently absent.[3]


  1. ^ Smith MA. 1935. The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. II.—Sauria. London: Secretary of State for India in Council. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiii + 440 pp. + Plate I + 2 maps. (Ophisops beddomei, p. 378).
  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. (Ophisops beddomei, p. 21).
  3. ^ Boulenger GA. 1890. The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Reptilia and Batrachia. London: Secretary of State for India in Council. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xviii + 541 pp. ("Ophiops beddomii [sic]", pp. 174-175).

Further reading[edit]

  • Beddome RH. 1870. Descriptions of new reptiles from the Madras Presidency. Madras Monthly J. Med. Sci. 2: 169-176. [Reprint. 1940: J. Soc. Bibliogr. Nat. Sci., London 1 (10): 327-334.]
  • Gayen NC. 1999. A synopsis of the reptiles of Gujarat, western India. Hamadryad 24 (1): 1-22.
  • Jerdon TC. 1870. Notes on Indian Herpetology. Proc. Asiatic Soc. Bengal March 1870: 66-85.
  • Vyas R. 2003. First record of Ophisops beddomei (Jerdon, 1870) from Gujarat State, western India. Hamadryad 27 (2): 280-281.

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