عنوان مقاله [English]
Lizards are one of the important elements of desert and dry ecosystems. In this research the lizard fauna of Sarpolzahab town and its outskirts was studied. During several field works a number of 82 specimens of lizards were collected from the study area. The specimens were transferred to the laboratory where they were fixed and their metric and meristic features were carefully examined using a Vernier calipers and a stereomicroscope. Later, according to these features and by the help of recent identification keys the family, genus, species and in some cases, the subspecies of each sample were identified individually. In general, in this survey 10 species of lizards belonging to10 Genera and seven Families were collected and identified based on 17 morphological characters as follows: From Agamidae, Laudakia nupta nupta and Trapelus lessonae ; from Gekkonidae, Cyrtopodion scabrum; from Phyllodactylidae , Asaccus elisae; from Lacertidae, Ophisops elegans and Acanthodocthylus nilsoni; From Uromastycidae, Saara loricata; and from Scincidae, Ablepharus pannonicus and Heremites vittatus were identified. Overall, based on the species collected here and other reports that the taxa of Lacerta media, Varanus griseus, Heremites urata and Pseudopus apodus have also been found in this area, it seems that the study area is rich in lizard fauna and it is expected that new findings will be reported in future studies.