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 mostoufii BALOUTCH 1976
Lacerta (Zootoca) chlorogaster — BISCHOFF 1978
Darevskia chlorogaster — ARRIBAS 1997
Lacerta chlorogaster — ANDERSON 1999
Lacerta mostoufii — ANDERSON 1999
Lacerta chlorogarter — KUPRIYANOVA et al. 2002 (in error)
Lacerta chlorogaster — SZCZERBAK 2003
Darevskia chlorogaster — GRECHKO et al. 2007
Lacerta (Darevskia) chlorogaster — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Lacerta mostoufii — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Darevskia mostoufii — RASTEGAR-POUYANI et al. 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.
mostoufi: E Iran (Dasht E Lut desert, Baluchistan); Type locality: Deh Salm, 31º12'N, 59º19'E, about 200 km N Malek Mohammad Mountains
|Types||Lectotype: BMNH 1918.104.22.168. 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 1922.214.171.124–88); 5 males, 1 female: same data as lectotype (BMNH 19126.96.36.199, 19188.8.131.52–33), 1 skeleton, same data as lectotype (BMNH 19184.108.40.206).
Holotype: Teheran museum, MMTT 1582 (apparently lost fide Arnold 2007); a paratype in the Paris Museum is a Darevskia praticola praticola (In den Bosch, 1999) [mostoufi]
|Diagnosis||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].|
|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. Lacerta mostoufii may be a synonym of Darevskia praticola (In den Bosch 1999) or Darevskia chlorogaster (ARNOLD et al. 2007). The original description is not sufficient to attribute this species to any Darevskia with certainty. Thus, AHMADZADEH et al. 2013 regard this species as a nomen dubium.|
Habitat. Tree trunks and forest floor within the Hyrcanian forest.
IUCN ID: 164687 [mostoufi]
Distribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran.
|Etymology||Lacerta mostoufi has been named after “Pr. Ahmad Mostoufi, membre de la Faculté des Lettres, chef de l'expédition.”|