Darevskia chlorogaster (BOULENGER, 1908)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Darevskia chlorogaster?
|Higher Taxa||Lacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Greenbelly Lizard|
|Synonym||Lacerta chlorogaster BOULENGER 1908|
Lacerta boettgeri MEHELY 1907: 88
Lacerta boettgeri — MEHELY 1909: 583
Lacerta boettgeri — WERNER 1913: 15
Lacerta (Zootoca) chlorogaster — BISCHOFF 1978
Darevskia chlorogaster — ARRIBAS 1997
Lacerta chlorogaster — ANDERSON 1999
Lacerta chlorogaster — SZCZERBAK 2003
Darevskia chlorogaster — GRECHKO et al. 2007
Lacerta (Darevskia) chlorogaster — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Darevskia chlorogaster — AHMADZADEH et al. 2013
|Distribution||SE Azerbaijan (Caucasus, eastern part of the Hyrcanian forest), NW Iran, elevation 0-1500 m|
Type locality: NW Iran; lectotype locality: Iran, Gilan Province, Bandar-e Anzali. Map legend:
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
|Types||Lectotype: BMNH 19126.96.36.199. adult male, Iran, Gilan Province, Bandar-e Anzali, H.N. Rabino, designated by Ahmadzadeh et al. 2013. Measurements and scale counts of this specimen are in accordance with the one illustrated in the original description.|
Paralectotypes. The remaining syntypes are consequently designated paralectotypes. 2 males: same locality data as lectoype, R.B. Woosnam (BMNH 19188.8.131.52–88); 5 males, 1 female: same data as lectotype (BMNH 19184.108.40.206, 19220.127.116.11–33), 1 skeleton, same data as lectotype (BMNH 1918.104.22.168).
|Comment||Synonymy partly after KHALIKOV & ANANJEVA (pers. comm.). although BOULENGER 1908 is usually given as author of this species, MEHELY 1907 mentioned 2 diagnostic characters of the new species (L. boettgeri) that could be considered as sufficient to name it although this publication was not meant to be a full description. See Mehely 1909: 581.|
Diagnosis. Boulenger (1908) defined the species by featuring a serrated collar composed of 7–9 scales; strongly keeled hexagonal dorsal scales, which are smooth towards the ventrals and a little smaller than the dorsals; 20–27 gular scales, 3 or 4 corresponding to the length of a ventral plate; ventrals in 6 longitudinal series; 44–50 scales across mid-body; 27–30 lamellar scales under fourth toe; and 14–18 femoral pores. We further restrict this species to comprise all individuals belonging to the Western Hyrcanian clade featuring a combination of rectangular ventral plates with rectilinear posterior margins in 19–25 transversal and 6 longitudinal rows; 43–51 dorsal scales across middle of back; 6 to 10 collar scales; 20–25 gular scales from angle between maxillar scales to collar; 27–37 small scales along fold among ears; 13–17 femoral pores; 26–33 scales under fourth toe; 4–8 superaciliar scales; 3–16 supraciliar granules; 1–3 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 63.9 mm in males and 66.0 mm in females [Ahmadzadeh et al. 2013].
Habitat. Tree trunks and forest floor within the Hyrcanian forest.