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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Lacertinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Yassujian lizard 
Apathya yassujica — ARNOLD et al. 2007
Lacerta (Apathya) yassujica — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Apathya yassujica — ŠMÍD et al. 2014 
DistributionW Iran (Zagros mountains, Fars; Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad Provinces)

Type locality: main Zagros Mountain Range, at 2200 m elevation, 30 km SW Yassuj, Kohgiluye-va-Boyerahmad Province (N 30°28’; E 51°31’)  
TypesHolotype: GNM Re.ex. 5612 ( (Göteborg Natural History Museum), adult female; (field No. GN 584) collected by the senior author on the 16 of June 2000; Paratypes. Adult female GNM Re.ex. 5613 (field No. GN 585); one adult male and one adult female (KUZC: field Nos. GN 586, 587). Same data as holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A member of the Apathya lineage, with strongly keeled subdigital lamellae and eyelid with transparent window of several scales. Live color of tail of adults is blue in sunshine. Tail color fades in shadow, and becomes greenish. Body and head unicolored grayish beige on dorsal side. Head scales with dark sutures. Belly is mint green in both sexes. Throat is mint green in females but yellowish-orange in males. The yellowish color also covers the first ventrals. One lateral series of black small blotches is forming a longitudinal band on each side of body. Some of the black blotches include blue spots. The number of spots is four to six on each side in the two males and two in the two females. A weak third blue spot could be imagined in the latter. The black series of blotches start at the postocular plates and continue to the beginning of the tail. Scattered black dots present on hind limbs.
It differs from Lacerta cappadocica urmiana by its smaller size, fewer dorsal scales, fewer transverse ventral plate series, fewer gular scales, fewer collar scales, and by having smooth or obtusely keeled caudal scales (Tables 2 and 3 in NILSON et al. 2003). It also has a completely different color pattern. 
CommentDistribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Arnold, E.N.; Arribas, O. & Carranza, S. 2007. Systematics of the Palaearctic and Oriental lizard tribe Lacertini (Squamata: Lacertidae: Lacertinae), with descriptions of eight new genera. Zootaxa 1430: 1-86 - get paper here
  • Gholamifard, A 2011. Endemism in the reptile fauna of Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 7 (1) - get paper here
  • Kamali, Kamran 2020. A Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Iran. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany ( 574 pp.
  • Kapli, Paschalia; Dimitra Botoni, Çetin Ilgaz, Yusuf Kumlutaş, Aziz Avcı, Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani, Behzad Fathinia, Petros Lymberakis, Faraham Ahmadzadeh, Nikos Poulakakis 2013. Molecular phylogeny and historical biogeography of the Anatolian lizard Apathya (Squamata, Lacertidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 66 (3): 992-1001 [corrigendum in 69 (1): 308–309] - get paper here
  • Karamiani R, Dabid S, Rastegar-Pouyani N. 2015. Sexual Dimorphism of the Yassujian Lizard, Apathya yassujica (Nilson et al, 2003) (Sauria: Lacertidae) from Iran. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 9 (1): 42-48 - get paper here
  • Nilson, G.; N. Rastegar-Pouyani; E. Rastegar-Pouyani; and C. Andrén 2003. LACERTAS OF SOUTH AND CENTRAL ZAGROS MOUNTAINS, IRAN, WITH DESCRIPTION OF TWO NEW TAXA. Russ. J. Herpetol. 10 (1): - get paper here
  • RASTEGAR-POUYANI, NASRULLAH; HAJI GHOLI KAMI, MEHDI RAJABZADEH, SOHEILA SHAFIEI AND STEVEN CLEMENT ANDERSON 2008. Annotated Checklist of Amphibians and Reptiles of Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 4 (1): 7-30
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • ŠMÍD, JIŘÍ; JIŘÍ MORAVEC, PETR KODYM, LUKÁŠ KRATOCHVÍL, SEYYED SAEED HOSSEINIAN YOUSEFKHANI, ESKANDAR RASTEGAR-POUYANI & DANIEL FRYNTA 2014. Annotated checklist and distribution of the lizards of Iran. Zootaxa 3855 (1): 001–097 - get paper here
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