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Ophiomorus punctatissimus
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Subfamily: Scincinae
Genus: Ophiomorus
A.M.C. Duméril & Bibron, 1839[1]

Ophiomorus is a genus of Old World skinks.[2] The limbs are either reduced or absent, depending on the species. They are sometimes known as limbless skinks or snake skinks. Members of the genus live under rocks or in burrows.[3]


The following 12 species are recognized:[2]


  1. ^ "Ophiomorus ". Dahms Tierleben. www.dahmstierleben.de/systematik/Reptilien/Squamata/Scincomorpha/Scincidae.
  2. ^ a b Genus Ophiomorus at The Reptile Database www.reptile-database.org.
  3. ^ Camaiti, Marco; Villa, Andrea; Wencker, Lukardis C. M.; Bauer, Aaron M.; Stanley, Edward L.; Delfino, Massimo (August 2019). "Descriptive osteology and patterns of limb loss of the European limbless skink Ophiomorus punctatissimus (Squamata, Scincidae)". Journal of Anatomy. 235 (2): 313–345. doi:10.1111/joa.13017. ISSN 0021-8782. PMC 6637703. PMID 31125128.

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA (1887). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume III. ... Scincidæ ... London: Trustees of the British Museum. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xii + 575 pp. + Plates I-XL. (Genus Ophiomorus, p. 393).
  • Duméril AMC, Bibron G (1839). Erpétologie générale ou Histoire naturelle complète des Reptiles, Tome cinquième [Volume 5]. Paris: Roret. viii + 854 pp. (Ophiomorus, new genus, p. 799). (in French).
  • Greer AE; Wilson GDF (2001). "Comments on the scincid lizard genus Ophiomorus, with a cladistic analysis of the species". Hamadryad 26: 261–271.
  • Kazemi SM, Farhadi Qomi M, Kami HG, Anderson SC (2011). "A new species of Ophiomorus (Squamata: Scincidae) from Maranjab Desert, Isfahan Province, Iran, with a revised key to the genus". Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 5 (1): 23-33 (e23). (Ophiomorus maranjabensis, new species).