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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.  
  • Bischoff, W. 1978. Beiträge zur Kenntnis der Echsen des Kaukasus. Salamandra 14 (4): 178-202 - get paper here
  • 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:<br />Modern herpetology: problems and ways of their solutions. Collection of papers of the First International Conference of the Young Herpe 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, I.V.; K.Yu. Lotiev, L.F. Mazanaeva, K.D. Milto and D.I. Khlyustikova 2022. New records of the rock lizards of the genus Darevskia Arribas, 1999 (Sauria: Lacertidae) in the Caucasus. Communication 2 Proceedings of the Zoological Institute RAS, 2022, 326(4): 274–283 - 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
  • Tuniyev B.S., Doronin I.V. 2022. Darevskia alpina (Darevsky, 1967). Red Data Book of Republic of Adygheya. Rare and threatened representatives of the regional fauna and flora. Part 2. Animals. Third edition. Maykop, 2022. P. 301.
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