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Citation: Midtgaard, Rune. RepFocus - A Survey of the Reptiles of the World. (www.repfocus.dk).
Latest update: December 31st, 2022.

Taxonomy of the family Anguidae
Bibliography of the genus Pseudopus
Biodiversity of the family Anguidae


Eurasian Glass Lizard

Scheltopusik, Panzerschleiche

Eurasisk Glasøgle, Scheltopusik

1820 Pseudopus Merrem (type species: Pseudopus serpentinus Merrem 1820)
Contents: 1 species, which is not endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Remarks: Previously included in Ophisaurus (e.g., Wermuth 1969). Revalidated by Klembara (1981) and Macey, Schulte, Larson, Tuniyev, Orlov & Papenfuss (1999).
Distribution: As for the single species.

Pseudopus apodus

Eurasian Glass Lizard, European Glass Lizard, Scheltopusik, Glass Snake, Armoured Glass Lizard

Scheltopusik, Panzerschleiche

Scheltopusik, Eurasisk Glasøgle

1775 Lacerta apoda Pallas
Ophisaurus apodus Mertens & Wermuth 1960
Pseudopus apodus Klembara 1979
1789 Bipède sheltopusik Bonnaterre (Wermuth 1969)
1789 Lacerta apus Gmelin [substitute name for Lacerta apoda Pallas 1775] (Boulenger 1885)
Ophisaurus apus Boulenger 1885
1802 Sheltopusik didactylus Sonnini & latreille [substitute name for Lacerta apus Gmelin 1789] (Wermuth 1969)
1811 Bipes pallasii Oppel [nomen nudum] (Wermuth 1969)
1820 Pseudopus serpentinus Merrem [substitute name for Lacerta apoda Pallas 1775] (Wermuth 1969)
1826 Pseudopus oppelii Fitzinger [nomen nudum] (Boulenger 1885)
1829 Pseudopus pallasii Cuvier [substitute name for Lacerta apoda Pallas 1775] (Wermuth 1969)
1832 Pseudopus fischeri Ménétriès (Böhme (ed.) 1981)
1914 Ophisaurus novorossicus Aleksejev (Wermuth 1969)
1978 Ophisaurus apodus thracius Obst
Pseudopus apodus thracius Klembara 1979 [by implication]
2021 Pseudopus apodus levantinus Jablonski, Ribeiro-Júnior, Meiri, Maza, Mikulícek & Jandzik in Jablonski, Ribeiro-Júnior, Meiri, Maza, Kukushkin, Chirikova, Pirosová, Jelic, Mikulícek & Jandzik

Other common names:
apodus: Caucasian Glass Lizard
levantinus: Levantine Glass Lizard
thracius: Thracian Glass Lizard
Introduced to: USA (New Jersey).
Remarks: Likely to occur in Romania, as reported by some authors (e.g., Obst 1981), but confirmation is still needed (Cogalniceanu, Rozylowicz, Székely, Samoila, Stanescu, Tudor, Székely & Iosif 2013).
Distribution: Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Greece (incl. Aegean Islands), Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Russia, Slovenia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey (incl. European Turkey), Turkmenistan, Ukraine (incl. Crimea), Uzbekistan.

Pseudopus apodus
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