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Darevskia aghasyani TUNIYEV & PETROVA, 2019

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymDarevskia aghasyani TUNIYEV & PETROVA 2019 
DistributionArmenia

Type locality: Armenia, Ararat District, crest of Urts Ridge (2000 m above sea level)  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. SNP 1770a, adult male, 17.05.2016, collector B.S. Tuniyev. Paratype. SNP 1770b, adult female, Armenia, Ararat District, crest of Ridge Urts (2000 m above sea level), 17.05.2016, collector B.S. Tuniyev. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Small sized lizard. It is painted in brownish-beige tones from above (Fig. 4A in Tuniyev & Petrova 2019). The belly is whitish in both sexes, males have yellow with ochre femoral pores in the anal area (Fig. 4B). Bluish spots appear on the edge of the outer ventral shields at the middle of the trunk through one shield. On the sides of the trunk (chest area) there are two blue spots in males and one in females. Rostral is separated from frontonasal by nasal shields and it does not touch the nostril. Upper postocular is twice wider than upper temporal shield. Posterior temporal shields are not pronounced, or slightly pronounced. In front of cen- tral temporal (Massetericum), there is one enlarged temporal shield. Along the throat from ear to ear fold there are 32–34 scales. Two large preanal shields present in front of the anal shield. 
Comment 
EtymologyThe species is named in honor of the famous herpetologist – Aram Levonovich Aghasyan, who studies reptiles of Armenia and has made a huge contribution to the development of protected areas (econet) of Armenia. 
References
  • Tuniyev, B.S. & T.V. Petrova 2019. A new lizard species of the genus Darevskia Arribas, 1997 from Southern Armenia. Proceedings of the Zoological Institute RAS 323 (2): 136–148; doi:10.31610/trudyzin/2019.323.2.136 - get paper here
 
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