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Darevskia alpina (DAREVSKY, 1967)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Lacertinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesRussian: Альпийская ящерица 
SynonymLacerta caucasica alpina DAREVSKY 1967: 118
Lacerta caucasica MEHELY 1909
Lacerta saxicola caucasica NIKOLSKY 1915
Lacerta (Zootoca) caucasica alpina — BISCHOFF 1978
Lacerta caucasica alpina — ENGELMANN et al. 1993
Lacerta alpina — FU & MURPHY 1997
Darevskia alpina — ARRIBAS 1997
Darevskia alpina — MURPHY et al. 2000
Lacerta (Darevskia) alpina — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008 
DistributionS Russia, Republic of Georgia (NW Caucasus)

Type locality: Kabardino-Balkaria, S Russia, Elbrussky District, vicinity of Terskol Village, 43°15 ́N 42°30 ́E.  
TypesHolotype: ZISP = ZIN 17942, 15.08.1965. Coll.: I.S. Darevsky. 
CommentSynonymy partly after KHALIKOV & ANANJEVA (pers. comm.)

Distribution: see Doronin 2013: 82 for a distribution map. 
EtymologyNamed after the Latin noun “Alpes”, the Alps, or any high, snow-capped mountain, refers the species high altitude distribution.  
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  • Darevsky,I.S. 1967. Rock lizards of the Caucasus: Systematics, ecology and phylogenesis of the polymorphic groups of Caucasian rock lizards of the the subgenus Archaeolacerta (Skal'nye Yashcheritsy Kavkasa; Izdat elst'vo Nauka, Leningrad). Leningrad, Nauka (English translation 1978): Ind. Nat. Sci. Doc. Centre; New Delhi, 276 pp. - get paper here
  • Doronin I. V., Melnikov D. A., Melnikova E. N. 2016. Species differentiation of the rock lizard Darevskia (caucasica) complex (by DNA-barcoding data, cytochrome oxydase subunit I sequences). PROCEEDINGS OF THE 6th CONGRESS OF THE A. M. NIKOLSKY HERPETOLOGICAL SOCIETY pp. 42-49 - get paper here
  • Doronin I.V. 2013. The analysis of distribution of rock lizards of Darevskia (caucasica) complex (using the Maxent program). In: Modern herpetology: problems and ways of their solutions. Collection of papers of the First International Conference of the Young Herpetolog Zoological institute of RAS. Saint-Petersburg, 2013. 81-85. - get paper here
  • Doronin I.V., Dzhelali P.A., Lotiev K.Yu., Mazanaeva L.F., Mustafaeva G.A., Bunyatova S.N. 2021. Phylogeography of a Darevskia (caucasica) complex (Lacertidae: Sauria) based on the cytochrome b mitochondrial gene analysis. Proceedings of the Zoological Institute RAS, 2021, 325(1): 49–66 · - get paper here
  • Doronin, I.V. 2013. New records of rock lizards of the genus Darevskia Arribas, 1997 (Sauria: Lacertidae) in the Caucasus. Proceedings of the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences 317 (3): 282–291 - get paper here
  • Doronin, I.V. 2014. REVIEW OF TYPE SPECIMENS OF ROCK LIZARDS OF DAREVSKIA (CAUCASICA) COMPLEX (SAURIA: LACERTIDAE). Proceedings of the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Труды Зоологического института РАН) 318 (4): 371–381 - get paper here
  • Doronin, Igor V and Konstantin J. Lotiev. 2013. Geographic Distribution: Darevskia alpina (alpine lizard). Herpetological Review 44 (4): 625 - get paper here
  • Dunaev E.A., Orlova V.F. 2017. Amphibians and reptiles of Russia. Atlas and determination. 2nd. ed. Moscow: Phyton XXI, 328 p
  • Engelmann, W.E. et al. 1993. Lurche und Kriechtiere Europas. Neumann Verlag (Radebeul, Germany), 440 pp.
  • Fu, JINZHONG AND ROBERT W. MURPHY 1997. Toward the phylogeny of caucasian rock lizards: implications from mitochondrial DNA gene sequences (Reptilia: Lacertidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society (1997), 121: 463–477. - get paper here
  • Fu,J. et al. 1995. Genetic and morphological differentiation among caucasian rock lizards of the Lacerta caucasica complex. Russ. J. Herpetol. 2 (1): 36-42 - get paper here
  • Murphy, R.W.; Fu,J.; MacCulloch, R.D.; Darevsky,I.S. & Kupriyanova,L.A. 2000. A fine line between sex and unisexuality: the phylogenetic constraints on parthenogenesis in lacertid lizards. Zool. J. Linnean Soc. 130: 527-549 - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
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