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daveshowler

Date

March 23, 1993 09:00 PM GMT

Description

Wadi El Kubt (460m),1 by camp after dark (21:00h); part buried itself by reversing into sand when disturbed.

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Arabian Toad Sclerophrys arabica

Observer

daveshowler

Date

March 26, 1993

Description

Male by pool (several others nearby), Wadi al-Jahr

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Yellow Ground Squirrel Spermophilus fulvus

Observer

daveshowler

Date

April 1, 2013 04:48 AM BST

Description

See photo: a larger stockier souslik compared to long-clawed souslik also present (more commonly) in area. This individual about 2 km west of the town of Gazli in shrub semi-desert (Kyzylkum).

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Long-eared Hedgehog Hemiechinus auritus

Observer

daveshowler

Date

June 17, 2012 05:15 PM BST

Description

See photo. Foraging after dark on insects attracted to lights by desert compound. In sandy shrub semi-desert.

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Reticulated Toad-headed Agama Phrynocephalus reticulatus

Observer

daveshowler

Date

April 10, 2013 12:43 PM BST

Description

See Photo. Observations (2012-13, 2015) indicate local but widespread on gravel patches within sandy desert/semi-desert, C-N Bukhara province

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Asian Sand Cat Felis margarita ssp. thinobia

Observer

daveshowler

Date

March 24, 2013 01:49 PM UTC

Description

See photos. Single adult in burrow and running from burrow, at dusk in shrub semi-desert.

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Turkestan Thin-toed Gecko Tenuidactylus fedtschenkoi

Observer

daveshowler

Date

May 8, 2013

Description

presumably Tenuidactylus fedtschenkoi (photo at night by Maxim A. Koshkin (copyright), unfortunately only photo we have; a bit pale due to flash, but a pale individual none-the-less). Similar to T. caspius but head rather plain and much smaller tubercles on dorsum. I did not examine it closely enough at time.

Habitat rocky hills/crags with little vegetation. c. 380m a.s.l.

Any thoughts much appreciated.

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Aralo-Caspian Racerunner Eremias intermedia

Observer

daveshowler

Date

June 21, 2012

Description

See photo: Juvenile Eremias sp. probably E. intermedia, with pale blue-tinged tail and prominent ocelli. (Note: resembles E. nigrocellata known from a few localities much further south in Surkhandarya Province).

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Tessellated Water Snake Natrix tessellata

Observer

daveshowler

Date

April 18, 2015

Description

Observation by D. Hodkinson; along edge of large canal with flowing water. (194 m a.s.l.)

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Xinjiang Toad Bufotes pewzowi

Observer

daveshowler

Date

June 23, 2012

Description

See photogragh: immature by canal side. Several seen and many heard during spring (2012-2015)

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Marsh Frog Pelophylax ridibundus

Observer

daveshowler

Date

April 25, 2015

Description

See photograph: Many individuals observed/heard in spring in wetland area by canal (years 2012-2015). (194 m a.s.l.)

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Marsh Frog Pelophylax ridibundus

Observer

daveshowler

Date

June 28, 2012

Description

See photograph. Immature or small adult on the edge of a large flowing canal just outside Jeyran Ecocenter reserve.

Very granular-skinned and rather different in appearance to those that looked like fairly typical P. ridibunda seen around wetlands further north (North of Bukhara city).

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Rapid Racerunner Eremias velox

Observer

daveshowler

Date

May 11, 2013

Description

See photograph.

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Steppe Ribbon Racer Psammophis lineolatus

Observer

daveshowler

Date

May 24, 2012

Description

See photograph. Adult observed at dusk on loose sand with many xerophytic dwarf shrubs.

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Spotted Desert Racer Platyceps karelini

Observer

daveshowler

Date

May 21, 2012

Description

No photograph. Adult (boldy barred/spotted very pale grey/white and black) moving quickly across road at dusk (approx. 19:15h) into surrounding scrub desert habitat bordering the roadside. 191 m a.s.l.

(Lat long accurate to within 3km north or south along road).

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Spotted Desert Racer Platyceps karelini

Observer

daveshowler

Date

June 2, 2013

Description

See photograph, immature dead roadkill (found by Maxim A. Koshkin), 195 m a.s.l.

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Rapid Racerunner Eremias velox

Observer

daveshowler

Date

June 9, 2013

Description

See photograph. Adult (presumed male). 2 others nearby. (228 m a.s.l.).

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Spotted Whip Snake Hemorrhois ravergieri

Observer

daveshowler

Date

May 24, 2013

Description

Three individuals (1 imm. on rocky slope above dry wadi; 2 adults on tamarisk litter alongside base of stoney wadi bed (in Kuldjaktau Mountains).

Distinctive black head contrasting with brown body, one with fairly obvious smallish darker spots on dorsum (other two more uniform but seen only briefly). No photographs as one individual disturbed at close range rapidly disappeared into a rock crevice, and the two others took refuge amongst dense tamarisk litter and shrubs upon approach.

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Caspian Monitor Varanus griseus ssp. caspius

Observer

daveshowler

Date

April 24, 2015

Description

See photograph; hatchling from previous year hiding amongst tamarisk in bottom of dry wadi bed (in the low Kuldjaktau Mountains)

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Desert Lidless Skink Ablepharus deserti

Observer

daveshowler

Date

May 2, 2015

Description

See photos (by David Hodkinson); on vegetated scree-boulder covered montane slope, 1930 m a.s.l.

Help with identification appreciated as have limited ref. material. Would appear to be A. deserti (rather than A. panonnicus) based on paired frontoparietals, other scale features, and 3 longitudinal dark lines on dorsum.

Consensus is that it is A. deserti (11/9/16)

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Tessellated Water Snake Natrix tessellata

Observer

daveshowler

Date

April 20, 2015

Description

See photograph; immature (first seen swimming in flowing canal, caught to take photo).

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Sand Racerunner Eremias scripta

Observer

daveshowler

Date

May 29, 2013

Description

See photograph.

On Barkhan sand dunes where Phrynocephalus mystaceus also present.

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Aralo-Caspian Racerunner Eremias intermedia

Observer

daveshowler

Date

April 23, 2015

Description

See photograph.

Several (10+) zipping over semi-consolidated sand with a little gravel, between small Artemisia diffusa bushes on loose sand hummocks with very occasional small saxaul Haloxylon persica and scarce grass/herb cover.

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Murree Hills Frog Nanorana vicina

Observer

daveshowler

Date

May 20, 1994

Description

See photographs (Note: these are photographs of prints so image quality rather poor).

Subgenus Paa?
An unidentified frog identified as Paa (subgenus) species (possibly an undescribed species) by Prof. A. Dubois.

Observed in mountains above Pichmoru village, Palas Valley, North-West Frontier Province (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), where spotlighted at about 20:00 h in a small pool under a rock overhang, 2,000 m a.s.l.

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Lebanon Lizard Phoenicolacerta laevis

Observer

daveshowler

Date

October 5, 2002

Description

See photograph. Taken in open rocky area within mixed montane woodland above Slunfeh town.

Assumed to be Phoenicolacerta, uncertain of species?

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Desert Sand Boa Eryx miliaris

Observer

daveshowler

Date

May 22, 2012

Description

See photograph. Note 4 scales posterior to internasals.

Also several observed around this locality (loose sand substrate) in 2013 and 2015, and the Kyzylkum desert within Bukhara Province generally (but most not identified to species, i.e. some in more earthy consolidated substrates at higher elevation perhaps attributable to E. tataricus?).

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Forskal Sand Snake Psammophis schokari

Observer

daveshowler

Date

April 29, 1993

Description

One crossing coast road at base of wadi, 30 m a.s.l.

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Forskal Sand Snake Psammophis schokari

Observer

daveshowler

Date

April 14, 1993

Description

One dead (killed by locals) on path near bottom of valley, 700 m a.s.l.

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Observer

daveshowler

Date

March 22, 1993

Description

See photograph of immature; 600 m a.s.l.

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Observer

daveshowler

Date

March 22, 1993

Description

See Photograph.

Spotlighted after dark in evening on ground on rocky hillside in open Juniperus-dominated woodland.

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