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Darevskia brauneri (MÉHELY, 1909)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesDarevskia brauneri brauneri (MÉHELY 1909)
Darevskia brauneri myusserica DORONIN 2011 
Common NamesRussian: Ящерица Браунера 
SynonymLacerta saxicola var. Brauneri MEHELY 1909: 493
Lacerta saxicola var. brauneri — MÉHELY 1909: 509
Lacerta saxicola brauneri — NIKOLSKY 1913
Lacerta saxicola darevskii SZCZERBAK 1962
Lacerta saxicola szczerbaki LUKINA 1963
Lacerta (Zootoca) saxicola brauneri — BISCHOFF & ENGELMANN 1976
Lacerta saxicola brauneri — TUNIYEV 1990
Lacerta (Apathya) saxicola brauneri — BISCHOFF 1991
Darevskia brauneri — MACCULLOCH et al. 2000
Darevskia brauneri — MURPHY et al. 2000
Darevskia saxicola — BAKRADZE & CHKHIKVADZE 2001
Lacerta (Darevskia) brauneri — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Darevskia brauneri darevskii — DORONIN 2012
Darevskia szczerbaki — TUNIYEV & TUNIYEV 2012
Darevskia [brauneri] szczerbaki DORONIN et al. 2013
Darevskia brauneri darevskii — NCBI TAXONOMY 2016

Darevskia brauneri myusserica DORONIN 2011
Darevskia brauneri myusserica DORONIN et al. 2013
Darevskia szczerbaki — DORONIN et al. 2013 
DistributionW Republic of Georgia (in the south up to the Rioni Plain),
S Russia (northern slopes of the west and central Caucasus, western part of the N Precaucasus, Krasnodar region, in northwestern Precaucasus, NE Black Sea coast, between Anapa and Noworossisk)

Lectotype locality: original label «Krasnaya Polyana [No] 760 [1] 905» [= Russian Federation, Krasnodar Territory, Adler District, Krasnaya Polyana, 43° 40 ́N 40°12 ́E]; Type locality: restricted to Krasnaya Polyana in SW Caucasus (Lantz & Cyrén 1936)

myusserica: Western Transcaucasia (Abkhazia: Pitsunda-Myussera Reserve and  Gagra) = W Republic of Georgia; Type locality: Lidzava in Abkhazia (Republic of Georgia)  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesLectotype: ZISP 16352 (designated by DORONIN 2012, Fig. 5)
Holotype: NMNH Re 1 (Fig. 9), original label «7.VI.1961. st. Hojoh, 50 km south of Maikop. Leg. Szczerbak» [Russian Federation, Republic of Adygea, Maikop Region, Kamennomostsky Village, 44°17 ́N 40°11 ́E] (Fig. 10) [darevskii]

Holotype: ZISP 25964, Republic Abkhazia, Gudauta District, Pitsunda-Myussersky Reserve, the coastal cliff at 1.5 km south-east of the Lidzava (= Ldzaa) Village, 43°9 ́N 40°25 ́E, 17 July 2010. Coll.: I.V. Doronin, M.A. Doronina [myusserica] 
Diagnosis 
CommentSynonymy: partly after I. Doronin (pers. comm. 6 June 2016). MACCULLOCH et al. (2000) synonymized D. s. darevskii und D. s. szczerbaki with Darevskia s. brauneri, which they elevated to full species status. However, some recent authors consider D. szczerbaki as valid species, e.g. TUNIYEV & TUNIYEV 2012.

Habitat and ecology: seaside (the Black Sea) up to Alpine meadows in different biotopes. For example, in ravine’s sole with beech-hornbeam forest, in the oak forest on the slope or along the rivers’ banks [V. Gasso, pers. comm. 14 June 2011].

Distribution: see maps in Tuniyev & Tuniyev 2012 and Doronin 2012: 106 (who also has separate maps for D. b. darevskii, myusserica, and szczerbaki).

NCBI taxonomy ID: 1592834 (darevskii) 
Etymology 
References
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