Pakistan / Balochistan / Killa Saifullah district, Zhob district (Torghar Mountains). 


Eremias killasaifullahi  MASROOR et al., 2022

Common names:

Killa Saifullah’s Racerunner (English)
Killa Saifullah’s Wüstenrenner (German)


Holotype: PMNH 3613 (cyt b: MT554460; Rag1: MT554498), adult male.

Terra Typica:

Kunder, Torghar Mountains, Killa Saifullah district, Balochistan (31.3247º N, 68.5452º E, elevation 1,920 m a.s.l.).

Taxonomic notes:

Distribution: Microendemic species with conspicuous intraspecies genetic diversity within an approximately 65 km2 area. Currently, it is known only from the type locality and several other localities around Killa Saifullah (Kunder and Zimkai Nala, Tanishpa) and Zhob districts of northwestern Balochistan in Pakistan, approximately 60 km in aerial distance from the border with Afghanistan.

Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Masroor, R. & Khan, M.A. & Nadeem, M.S. & Amir, S.A. & Khisroon, M. & Jablonski, D. (2022) -  Appearances often deceive in racerunners: integrative approach reveals two new species of Eremias (Squamata: Lacertidae) from Pakistan. -  Zootaxa 5175 (1): 055–087    


Eremias killasaifullahi  © 2018 Rafaqat Masroor