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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Lacertinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
DistributionIran (Golestan)

Type locality: Golestan Province, Gorgan, Naharkhoran Forest (36° 46’ 33.61’’ N, 54° 27’ 48.01’’ E, 450 m elevation.  
Reproductionoviparous (phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: ZFMK 94118, adult male, 21 September 2012, O. Mozaffari. Paratypes. 2 males: Iran, Golestan Province, Aliabad Katol, 1978, J.M. Mangen (ZFMK 27143, 29255); 2 males, 1 female: Iran, Golestan Province, Gorgan, Kurdmichale (ZFMK 27364– 27366); 3 males, 5 females: Iran, Golestan Province, Gorgan, Naharkhoran, 1999–2000, J. Farkac (ZFMK 71545–71547, 74677–74678, 74680, 74682, 74683); 3 males: same data as holotype (ZFMK 94119–94120, 94172); 1 male, 2 females: Iran, Golestan Province, Loweh, 28 May 2010, F. Ahmadzadeh (ZFMK 94121–94122, 94212); 1 female: Iran, Golestan Province, Tan- grah, 28 May 2010, F. Ahmadzadeh (ZFMK 94123). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A member of the D. chlorogaster-complex with a serrated collar and keeled dorsal scales, comprising all individuals belonging to the Eastern Hyrcanian clade. It is characterized by the combination rectangular ventral plates with rectilinear posterior margins in 21–27 transversal and 6 longitudinal rows; 41–50 dorsal scales across middle of back; 6–9 collar scales; 20–24 gular scales from angle between maxillar scales to collar; 26–36 small scales along fold among ears; 14–17 femoral pores; 24–32 scales under fourth toe; 4–7 supraciliar scales; 5–12 supraciliar granules; 1–4 scales between masseteric and supratemporal shields; 1–4 scales between masseteric and tympanic shields; 2–4 large preanal scales; rostral touches nostril; single postnasal. The maximum snout-vent length is 69.4 mm in males and 64.0 mm in females. 
CommentHabitat. Tree trunks and forest floor within the Hyrcanian forest.

Distribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
EtymologyDedicated to Dr. Haji Goli Kami (Golestan University of Gorgan, Iran), in honor of his indefatigable work and contributions to the knowledge of the Persian herpetofauna. 
  • 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
  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2014. Herpetology in Bonn. Mertensiella 21. vi + 256 pp. - get paper here
  • Kamali, Kamran 2020. A Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Iran. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany ( 574 pp.
  • 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 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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