Darevskia kopetdaghica AHMADZADEH, FLECKS, CARRETERO, MOZAFFARI, BÖHME, HARRIS, FREITAS & RÖDDER, 2013
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Darevskia kopetdaghica?
|Higher Taxa||Lacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Darevskia kopetdaghica AHMADZADEH, FLECKS, CARRETERO, MOZAFFARI, BÖHME, HARRIS, FREITAS & RÖDDER 2013|
|Distribution||Iran (N Khorasan)|
Type locality: Iran, Northern Khorasan Province, Kopet Dagh, Sarani Protected Area (37°44’ 4.96’’ N, 58°5’ 25.09’’ E, 2159 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: ZFMK 94124, adult male, 27 May 2010, F. Ahmadzadeh.|
Paratypes. 1 male: Turkmenistan, Ahal Province, Kopet Dagh, Bol’shiye Karanki, 1978, Chomustjenko (ZFMK29897); 1 male: Iran, Northern Khorasan Province, Kopet Dagh, Sarani Protected Area, Golool Dam, 22 September 2012, O. Mozaffari (ZFMK 94125).
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A member of the D. defilippii-complex with a non- serrated collar and smooth dorsal scales, comprising all individuals belonging to the Kopet Dagh clade. It is characterized by the combination of ventral plates with nearly rectilinear posterior margins in 22–23 transversal and 6 longitudinal rows; 45–50 dorsal scales across middle of back; 10–11 collar scales; 31–34 small scales along fold among ears; 23–26 gular scales from angle between maxillar scales to collar; 16–20 femoral pores; 30 scales under fourth toe; 6 supraciliar scales; 10 supraciliar granules; 2–3 scales between masseteric and supratemporal shield; 4 scales between masseteric and tympanic shield; 2 large preanal scales; rostral separated from nostril. The maximum snout-vent length of males is 57.2 mm. All specimens exhibit a reddish colored snout tip and mental region, which is absent in the other species.|
|Comment||Habitat. Grassy alpine vegetation (e.g., Acantholimon and Astragalus) and rocky outcrops.|
Distribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran.
|Etymology||Named after its exclusive occurrence in the Kopet Dagh range.|