Apathya yassujica (NILSON, RASTEGAR-POUYANI, RASTEGAR-POUYANI & ANDRÉN, 2003)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Apathya yassujica?
|Higher Taxa||Lacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Yassujian lizard|
|Synonym||Lacerta yassujica NILSON, RASTEGAR-POUYANI, RASTEGAR-POUYANI & ANDRÉN 2003|
Apathya yassujica — ARNOLD et al. 2007
Lacerta (Apathya) yassujica — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Apathya yassujica — ŠMÍD et al. 2014
|Distribution||W 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’)
|Types||Holotype: GNM Re.ex. 5612, 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 fe- male (KUZC: field Nos. GN 586, 587). Same data as holotype.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. 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.
|Comment||Distribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran.|
|Etymology||Named after the type locality.|
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