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Chalcides guentheri (Günther's Cylindrical Skink / Günter'in Silindirik Kertenkelesi)

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Chalcides guentheri (Günther's Cylindrical Skink / Günter'in Silindirik Kertenkelesi)


Chalcides guentheri (Günther's Cylindrical Skink / Günter'in Silindirik Kertenkelesi) from Al Jablah, Tartous - 26.04.2007.

Chalcides guentheri seems to be an endemic species of the southern Levantregion. It has been recorded from a small area including N Israel, S Lebanon, NW Jordan and Golan Heights-SW Syria. Occurs in stepe habitats of Mediterranean ecozone. A tiny skink with elongated body, very reduced, fingerless limps. The head is elongated, not distinct from neck. The eyes are relatively large, with well-developed movable eyelids. Snout-venth lengt varies between 9 and 16 cm; original tail is usually nearly equal to body length, regenerated tail is shorter. A diurnal, highly secretive terrestril species. It spends majority of time under Stones and leaf litters around the bases of bushes. We found that it is oviparous as being different congeners (viviparous).

Reference:  Göçmen, B., Disi, A. M. & Yildiz, M. Z. (2008). On the occurrence of Blanus strauchi aporus Werner, 1898 and Chalcides guentheri Boulenger, 1887 in the Mediterranean Ecozone of Syria. Zoology in the Middle East, 43: 69-74.

Author Bayram GÖÇMEN
Created on Thursday 26 April 2007
Posted on Thursday 27 January 2011
Tags SYRIA/SURİYE, Tartous / Tartus
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