Darevskia dryada (DAREVSKY & TUNIYEV, 1997)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Darevskia dryada?
|Higher Taxa||Lacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Charnali Lizard|
|Synonym||Lacerta dryada DAREVSKY & TUNIYEV 1997|
Archaeolacerta (Caucasilacerta) dryada — SINDACO et al. 2000
Darevskia dryada — ANANJEVA et al. 2006: 83
Darevskia dryada — DORONIN 2015
Darevskia dryada — NCBI 2016
|Distribution||NE foothills of the Pontic Ridge, within the boundery of area Adzharistan (Adzharia, SW Republic of Georgia) and NE Turkey (vicinity of Hope)|
Type locality: Adzharistan, Khelvachaury district, gorge of Charnali, W Republic of Georgia.
|Types||Holotype: SNP (also given as CNR), Sochi 1103 (7), adult male; Paratypes: ZISP 18809, 18810|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis (dryada): distinguished from related species 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).|
|Comment||Synonymy: D. dryada is a synonym of Darevskia clarkorum fide SCHMIDTLER et al. (2002) but variously recognized as valid species or synonym by more recent authors.|
Hybridization: D. clarkorum (and D. dryada) possibly hybridize with D. rudis (DAREVSKY & TUNIYEV 1997).
|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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