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Darevskia caspica AHMADZADEH, FLECKS, CARRETERO, MOZAFFARI, BÖHME, HARRIS, FREITAS & RÖDDER, 2013

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymDarevskia caspica AHMADZADEH, FLECKS, CARRETERO, MOZAFFARI, BÖHME, HARRIS, FREITAS & RÖDDER 2013 
DistributionIran (Mazandaran

Type locality: Iran, Mazandaran Province, Amol, Beliroon, (36° 23’ 38’’ N, 52° 25’ 1.48’’ E, 130 m elevation.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: ZFMK 94109, adult male, 30 May 2010, F. Ahmadzadeh.
Paratypes. 2 males, 6 females: same data as holotype (ZFMK 94105–94108, 94110–94112, 94161); 1 female: Iran, Mazandaran Province, Amol, Beliroon, 20 September 2012, O. Mozaffari (ZFMK 94113); 7 males, 3 females: Iran, Mazandaran Province, Joybar, 30 May 2010, F. Ahmadzadeh (ZFMK 94114–94116, 94165–94171); 1 male: Iran, Mazandaran Province, Kiasar, Langar, 20 September 2012, O. Mozaffari (ZFMK 94117); 4 males, 4 females: Iran, Mazandaran Province, Savasraeh, 30 May 2010, F. Ahmadzadeh (ZFMK 94153–94160); 5 males, 2 females: Iran, Mazandaran Province, Noshahr, Khyrod, 29 May 2010, F. Ahmadzadeh (ZFMK 94162–94164, 94214–94217). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A member of the D. chlorogaster-complex with a serrated collar and keeled dorsal scales, comprising all individuals belonging to the Central Hyrcanian clade. It is characterized by the combination of rectangular ventral plates with rectilinear posterior margins in 20–26 transversal and 6 longitudinal rows; 43–51 dorsal scales across middle of back; 6–12 collar scales; 19– 25 gular scales from the angle between the maxillar scales to the collar; 29–37 small scales along fold among ears; 13–18 femoral pores; 24–30 scales under fourth toe; 5–7 supraciliar scales; 5–15 supraciliar granules; 0–2 scales between masseteric and supratemporal shields; 2–4 scales between masseteric and tympanic shields; 2–3 large preanal scales; rostral touches nostril; single postnasal. The maximum snout-vent length is 66.0 mm in males and 67.4 mm in females.
 
CommentDistribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
EtymologyNamed after its occurrence along the coast of the Caspian Sea. 
References
  • Ahmadzadeh F, Flecks M, Carretero MA, Mozaffari O, Böhme W, et al. 2013. Cryptic Speciation Patterns in Iranian Rock Lizards Uncovered by Integrative Taxonomy. PLoS One 8 (12): e80563. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0080563 - get paper here
  • Kwet, Axel 2014. Liste der im Jahr 2013 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2014 (3): 56-67 - get paper here
  • ŠMÍD, JIŘÍ; JIŘÍ MORAVEC, PETR KODYM, LUKÁŠ KRATOCHVÍL, SEYYED SAEED HOSSEINIAN YOUSEFKHANI, ESKANDAR RASTEGAR-POUYANI & DANIEL FRYNTA 2014. Annotated checklist and distribution of the lizards of Iran. Zootaxa 3855 (1): 001–097
 
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