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Darevskia parvula (LANTZ & CYRÉN, 1913)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Lacertinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Red-bellied lizard
G: Rotbauch-Eidechse 
SynonymLacerta saxicola parvula LANTZ & CYRÉN 1913
Lacerta saxicola parvula LANTZ & CYREN 1936
Lacerta saxicola fusca typica MEHELY 1909
Lacerta saxicola saxicola NIKOLSKY 1913
Lacerta (Zootoca) parvula — BISCHOFF 1978
Lacerta parvula — ENGELMANN et al 1993
Lacerta parvula — FU & MURPHY 1997
Darevskia parvula — ARRIBAS 1997
Darevskia parvula — MURPHY et al. 2000
Archaeolacerta (Caucasilacerta) parvula — SINDACO et al. 2000
Lacerta parvula — SZCZERBAK 2003
Darevskia parvula — ARNOLD et al. 2007
Lacerta (Darevskia) parvula — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008 
DistributionSW/W Republic of Georgia (Small Caucasus, southern coast of Black Sea) and adjacent NE Turkey

Type locality: Artvin and Borcka, NE Turkey  
TypesLectotype: GNM 2862, a female (Naturhistoriska Museet Göteborg), from Artvin (photographed in Darevsky & Eiselt 1980; Abb. 3 Fig. 3, nr. 7) (Arribas et al. 2018). 
CommentSynonymy partly after KHALIKOV & ANANJEVA (pers. comm.)

Subspecies: Darevskia parvula adjarica (DAREVSKY & EISELT 1980) has been elevated to full species status. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “parvulus, -a, -um” = very small. 
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  • Arribas, Oscar; Kamil Candan, Muammer Kurnaz, Yusuf Kumlutaş, Elif Yıldırım Caynak, Çetin Ilgaz 2022. A new cryptic species of the Darevskia parvula group from NE Anatolia (Squamata, Lacertidae). Organisms Diversity & Evolution - get paper here
  • Bischoff, W. 1978. Beiträge zur Kenntnis der Echsen des Kaukasus. Salamandra 14 (4): 178-202 - get paper here
  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2014. Herpetology in Bonn. Mertensiella 21. vi + 256 pp. - get paper here
  • Bülbül, Ufuk; Muammer Kurnaz; Ali İhsan Eroğlu; Halime Koç and Bilal Kutrup 2016. Age and growth of the red-belied lizard, Darevskia parvula. Animal Biology, 66(1): 81 – 95; DOI: 10.1163/15707563-00002489 - get paper here
  • Darevsky, I. S. and Eiselt, J. 1980. Neue Felseneidechsen (Reptilia: Lacertidae) aus dem Kaukasus und aus der Turkei. Amphibia-Reptilia 1: 29-40. - get paper here
  • Engelmann, W.E. et al. 1993. Lurche und Kriechtiere Europas. Neumann Verlag (Radebeul, Germany), 440 pp.
  • Freitas, S., Westram, A.M., Schwander, T., Arakelyan, M., Ilgaz, Ç., Kumlutas, Y., Harris, D.J., Carretero, M.A. and Butlin, R.K. 2022. Parthenogenesis in Darevskia lizards - a rare outcome of common hybridisation, not a common outcome of rare hybridisation Parthenogenesis, gene flow and hybridisation. Evolution - get paper here
  • Fu, JINZHONG AND ROBERT W. MURPHY 1997. Toward the phylogeny of caucasian rock lizards: implications from mitochondrial DNA gene sequences (Reptilia: Lacertidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society (1997), 121: 463–477. - get paper here
  • Gemel, R.; G. Gassner & S. Schweiger 2019. Katalog der Typen der Herpetologischen Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien – 2018. Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, B 121: 33–248
  • Grechko VV, Ciobanu DG, Darevsky IS, Kosushkin SA, Kramerov DA. 2006. Molecular evolution of satellite DNA repeats and speciation of lizards of the genus Darevskia (Sauria: Lacertidae). Genome 49(10):1297-307. - get paper here
  • Ilgaz, Ç. 2009. Comparative morphology of Darevskia parvula (Lantz-Cyren 1936) (Sauria: Lacertidae) subspecies in Northeastern Anatolia, Turkey. North-Western Journal of Zoology 5 (2): 263-280 - get paper here
  • Lantz,L.A. & Cyrén,O. 1913. Eine neue Varietät der Felseneidechse Lacerta saxicola Eversmann parvula nov. var. Tiflis Mitt. Kaukas. Mus. 7: 163-168
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  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • Sindaco, Roberto; Alberto Venchi, Giuseppe M. Carpaneto, Marco A. Bologna 2000. The Reptiles of Anatolia: a Checklist and Zoogeographical analysis. Biogeographia, 21-2000: 441-554. - get paper here
  • Szczerbak, N.N. 2003. Guide to the Reptiles of the Eastern Palearctic. Krieger, Malabar, FL, 260 pp. - get paper here
  • Tarkhnishvili, D., Gabelaia, M. and Adriaens, D. 2020. Phenotypic divergence, convergence and evolution of Caucasian rock lizards (Darevskia). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society - get paper here
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