Darevskia clarkorum (DAREVSKY & VEDMEDERJA, 1977)
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|Higher Taxa||Lacertidae, Lacertinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||G: Clarks Felseneidechse|
|Synonym||Lacerta clarkorum DAREVSKY & VEDMEDERJA 1977|
Lacerta clarcorum DAREVSKY & WEDMEDEWA — ANANJEVA et al. 1988
Lacerta clarkorum — ENGELMANN et al 1993
Lacerta clarkorum — FU & MURPHY 1997
Darevskia clarkorum — ARRIBAS 1997
Darevskia clarkorum — MURPHY et al. 2000
Archaeolacerta (Caucasilacerta) clarkorum — SINDACO et al. 2000
Lacerta clarkorum — SZCZERBAK 2003
Darevskia clarkorum — BISCHOFF 2007
Lacerta (Darevskia) clarkorum — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
|Distribution||SW Republic of Georgia (Coast of the Black Sea, Adzharia) NE Turkey; elevation 50-1750 m.|
Type locality: Cankurtaran Pass between Hopa and Borçka, Artvin province, NE Turkey.
|Types||Holotype: CAS 105610|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis (dryada): distinguished from Lacerta clarkorum and other members of Lacerta saxicola group by “body coloration, and some metric and meristic characters of pholidosis, in particular by the scutellation of the head temporal area” (see Fig. 3, Tables 1-3 in DAREVSKY & TUNIYEV 1997 who compare dryada with clarkorum).|
|Comment||Synonymy: D. dryada is a synonym of Darevskia clarkorum fide SCHMIDTLER et al. (2002).|
Picture in Elaphe 8 (1): 80 (2000).
Hybridization: D. clarkorum (and D. dryada) possibly hybridize with D. rudis (DAREVSKY & TUNIYEV 1997).
Distribution: Pontic Alps (Doğu Karadeniz Dağları), from Yavuzkemal (Giresun Vilayet) in the west, towards the east entering SW Georgia. The species also crosses the right side of the Çoruh River (Karagöl in Turkey, Mt. Mtirala in Georgia, probably reaching the Kintrishi Gorge to the north (Tuniyev & O. Arribas, pers. comm., 28 June 2021).
|Etymology||Named after Richard and Erica Clark who discovered these lizards in 1967, 20 km west of Borčka in eastern Turkey.|
D. dryada was named after the mythological creature inhabiting trees associated with the Teriary-relict forests of southern Colchis and having pronounced arboreal mode of life.
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