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Darevskia caucasica (MÉHELY, 1909)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesDarevskia caucasica caucasica (MÉHELY 1909)
Darevskia caucasica vedenica (DAREVSKY & ROITBERG 1999) 
Common NamesG: Kaukasus-Eidechse
Russian: Кавказская ящерица 
SynonymLacerta caucasica MÉHELY 1909: 560
Lacerta muralis BOETTGER 1893
Lacerta muralis var. caucasica BOULENGER 1913
Lacerta saxicola caucasica NIKOLSKY 1915
Lacerta caucasica — ENGELMANN et al 1993
Lacerta caucasica — FU & MURPHY 1997
Darevskia caucasica — ARRIBAS 1997
Lacerta caucasica — ROITBERG et al. 2000
Darevskia caucasica — MURPHY et al. 2000
Lacerta caucasica — SZCZERBAK 2003
Darevskia caucasica — ARNOLD et al. 2007
Lacerta (Darevskia) caucasica — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008

Darevskia caucasica vedenica (DAREVSKY & ROITBERG 1999)
Lacerta caucasica vedenica DAREVSKY & ROITBERG 1999
Darevskia caucasica vedenica — DORONIN 2013 
DistributionCentral up to southern parts of the Caucasus Mts. in Russia (Dagestan), Republic of Georgia and NE Azerbaijan; SE Chechen Republic. Elevation up to 3200 m (DAREVSKY 1984).

Type locality: Kazbek Mountain, the Caucasus, Republic of Georgia; “Mleti, Aragwathal, Transkaukasien” (fide MEHELY 1909) etc. incl. Kasbek, Lars and other localities. Lectotype locality: Republic of Georgia, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Kazbegi Municipality, Mount Kazbek, 42°40 ́N 44°35 ́E (Fig. 6 in Doronin 2014) (the lectotype locality invalidates the original type locality).

vedenica: southern slopes and foothills of the Andiiskii ridge, Chechen Republic, probably adjacent territories of Daghestan. Type locality: 1 km south of Vedeno rock faces along the road Vedeno -Kharochoi) SE Chechen Republic.  
TypesLectotype: SMF 12069 (6028 b), 1.05.1879. Сoll.: H. Leder (fide Doronin 2014), (MEHELY listed about 19 specimens).
Holotype: ZISP 17744 (1). Russian Federation, Chechnya, Vedensky District, 1 km south of the of Vedeno Village, rock faces along the road Vedeno-Kharachoi (= Khоrachoi), 42°57 ́N 46°07 ́E, 14.08.1963. Coll.: И.С. Даревский [vedenica] 
CommentSynonymy partly after KHALIKOV & ANANJEVA (pers. comm.). Lacerta caucasica daghestanica and L. c. alpina have been elevated to species status.

Distribution: see Doronin 2013: 82 for a map of caucasica and vedenica. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. The subspecies vedenica is named after the large settlement Vedeno which is adjacent to its range. 
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