Koelliker's glass lizard

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Koelliker's glass lizard (Hyalosaurus koellikeri ), also called commonly the Moroccan glass lizard, is a species of lizard in the family Anguidae.[2] The species is endemic to western North Africa.

Koelliker's glass lizard
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Anguidae
Genus: Hyalosaurus
Günther, 1873
H. koellikeri
Binomial name
Hyalosaurus koellikeri
Günther, 1873
Ophisaurus koellikeri distribution.png
  • Hyalosaurus koellikeri
    Günther, 1873
  • Pseudopus apus ornata
    Boettger, 1881
  • Ophisaurus koellikeri
    Boulenger, 1885
  • Anguis koellikeri
    Macey et al., 1999
  • Hyalosaurus koellikeri
    Sindaco & Jeremčenko, 2008


The specific name, koellikeri, is in honor of Swiss histologist Albert von Kölliker.[3]

Geographic rangeEdit

H. koellikeri is found in Algeria and Morocco.[2]


The natural habitats of Koelliker's glass lizard are temperate forests, temperate grassland, and pastureland.[2]


H. koellikeri has no fore limbs, but does have rudimentary hind limbs. Dorsally, it is brownish, with a darker lateral band. Ventrally, it is yellowish.[4]


H. koellikeri is oviparous.[1]

Conservation statusEdit

H. koellikeri is threatened by habitat loss.[2]


  1. ^ a b Species Hyalosaurus koellikeri at The Reptile Database . www.reptile-database.org.
  2. ^ a b c d Ineich I, Crochet P-A, Geniez P (2005). Hyalosaurus koellikeri. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Archived 2014-06-27 at the Wayback Machine Downloaded on 18 July 2007.
  3. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michel (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Ophisaurus koellikeri, p. 144).
  4. ^ Boulenger (1885).

Further readingEdit

  • Boulenger GA (1885). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume II. ... Anguidae ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiii + 497 pp. + Plates I-XXIV. (Ophisaurus koellokeri, new combination, p. 283 + Plate XV, figures 2, 2a, 2b).
  • Günther A (1873). "Description of a new Saurian (Hyalosaurus) allied to Pseudopus ". Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Fourth Series 11: 351. ("Hyalosaurus Kœllikeri ", new species).
  • Sindaco R, Jeremčenko VK (2008). The Reptiles of the Western Palearctic. 1. Annotated Checklist and Distributional Atlas of the Turtles, Crocodiles, Amphisbaenians and Lizards of Europe, North Africa, Middle East and Central Asia. (Monographs of the Societas Herpetologica Italica). Latina, Italy: Edizioni Belvedere. 580 pp. ISBN 978-88-89504-14-7. (Hyalosaurus koellikeri ).