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We are proud to present our new issue Volume 9 (2) on the Hepetofauna of Iraq.


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First record and range extension of saw scaled viper, Echis carinatus sochureki, Stemmler 1969 (Squamata: Viperidae), from AL-Basra, Southern Iraq.

Hunting impact on the spiny-tailed lizards (Squamata: Agamidae) in Iraq, with notes on their conservation status.


The Lizard Fauna of Al-Najaf Province, Southern Iraq. 2015. Mohammed RG, Rastegar-Pouyani N. Karamiani R, Rhadi FA. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 9(2): 1- 10. PDF

 Phrynocephalus-maculatus-maculatus- Trapelus-ruderatus-ruderatus- Hemidactylus-flaviviridis  

 Summary: The AL-Najaf Province in Iraq possesses varied climatic and geographical conditions leading to a rich biodiversity. An investigation on the status of lizards in this Province was carried out from September 2013 to May 2014. A total of 116 specimens were collected and identified. The collected specimens represented six families, eight genera, and 11 species and subspecies, including: Agamidae: Phrynocephalus maculatus maculatus, Trapelus ruderatus ruderatus, Gekkonidae: Cyrtopodion scabrum, Hemidactylus flaviviridis, Hemidactylus turcicus and Hemidactylus persicus; Lacertidae: Ophisops elegans elegans; Scinicidae: Trachylepis aurata septemtaeniata and Trachylepis vittata; Uromasticydae: Uromastyx aegyptius and Varanidae: Varanus griseus griseus. 




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