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Meroles cuneirostris (Wedge-snouted Sand Lizard, Wedge-snouted Desert Lizard)

Synonyms: Saurites cuneirostris; Scapteira cuneirostris; Scaptira cuneirostris

Wikipedia Abstract

Meroles cuneirostris, the Wedge-snouted sand lizard, is a species of sand-dwelling lizard in the family Lacertidae. It occurs in the Namib Desert.
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Adult Weight [1]  3 grams
Female Weight [1]  3 grams
Habitat Substrate [2]  Terrestrial
Clutch Size [1]  3
Clutches / Year [1]  2
Reproductive Mode [2]  Oviparous
Snout to Vent Length [1]  1.968 inches (5 cm)


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Namib desert Namibia Afrotropic Deserts and Xeric Shrublands

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Namib-Naukluft National Park II 12585619 Namibia  


Prey / Diet

Camponotus detritus (dune ant)[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Eremitalpa granti (Grant's Golden Mole)1
Ptenopus kochi (Koch's Chirping Gecko)1


Bitis peringueyi (Peringuey's Adder, Dwarf Puff Adder)[3]

External References


Attributes / relations provided by
1Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
2Meiri, Shai (2019), Data from: Traits of lizards of the world: variation around a successful evolutionary design, Dryad, Dataset,
3The Namib: Detritus and Fog Dependence Scott Christy March 1st, 2006
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 Wildfinder Database
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2020-03-21; License: CC BY 4.0