Hadramaut Sand Lizard


Name: Hadramaut Sand Lizard

Scientific name: Mesalina adramitana

Synonym: Eremias adramitana

Type: Diurnal lizards

Family: Lacertidae


This is a small lizard with a total length smaller than 15 cm. It is active during the day, and can be found on compact sandy soils covered by vegetation. They eat insects and other small invertebrates. Females lay eggs in burrows. The species can be mistaken for Mesalina brevirostris

World Distribution:

The species is distributed in the Arabian Peninsula, in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and South Yemen. Its type locality is Hadramut

Conservation status:

It is classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List

Scientific publications:

This is a poorly known species in the world, and only three scientific publications have been found in international data bases. The studies are general about the distribution of the species. No ecological information about the species exists for Qatar

Similar species:

Mesalina brevirostris


Boulenger, 1917

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