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Darevskia portschinskii (KESSLER, 1878)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesDarevskia portschinskii nigrita (BAKRADZE 1976)
Darevskia portschinskii portschinskii (KESSLER 1878) 
Common NamesG: Kuriner Eidechse, Kura-Felseidechse 
SynonymLacerta portschinskii KESSLER 1878
Lacerta muralis var. depressa BOETTGER 1899
Lacerta muralis var. portschinskii — BOULENGER 1904
Lacerta saxicola var. portschinskii — NIKOLSKY 1913
Lacerta saxicola var. chalybdea MEHELY 1909
Lacerta saxicola portschinskii — DAREVSKY 1957: 37
Lacerta (Zootoca) p. portschinskii — BISCHOFF 1978
Lacerta portschinskii — ENGELMANN et al 1993
Lacerta portschinskii — FU & MURPHY 1997
Darevskia portschinskii — ARRIBAS 1997
Lacerta portschinskii — FU, MURPHY & DAREVSKY 2000
Darevskia portschinskii — MURPHY et al. 2000
Lacerta portschinskii — SZCZERBAK 2003
Darevskia portschinskii — ARNOLD et al. 2007
Lacerta (Darevskia) portschinskii — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Darevskia portchinski — AMAT-ORIOLS 2011 [in error] 
DistributionE Republic of Georgia, SE Republic of Georgia, Armenia, S Azerbaijan

nigrita: S Republic of Georgia, N Armenia; Type locality: vicinity of Village Dmanisi (Дманиси), Kvemo Kartli Region, Georgia.

Type locality: Tbilisi (= Tiflis), Republic of Georgia  
TypesHolotype: unlocated, originally stored at St. Petersburg University (fide I. Doronin).
Holotype: ZISP 18604, Coll. M.A. Bakradze [nigrita] 
CommentSynonymy partly after KHALIKOV & ANANJEVA (pers. comm.) 
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  • BADER, T. & KOPECZKY, R. & RIEGLER, C. & WIELAND, F. 2016. Die Eidechsen Armeniens – Teil 1: Die Gattung Darevskia Die Eidechse 27 (1): 1-14.
  • Bakradze, M.A. 1976. New subspecies, Lacerta portschinskii nigrita ssp.n. , from the Eastern Transcaucasia. [in Russian] Vestnik zoologii, Journal of the Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kiev, 1976 (4): 54-57 - get paper here
  • Beolens, ; Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Bischoff, W. 1978. Beiträge zur Kenntnis der Echsen des Kaukasus. Salamandra 14 (4): 178-202 - get paper here
  • Bischoff, W. 2002. Auf der Suche nach Darevskia valentini (BOETTGER 1892) in Georgien - Impressionen aus einem wenig bekannten Land. Elaphe 10 (3): 49-61
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  • MacCulloch, Ross D.;Murphy, Robert W.; Fu, J.; Darevsky, I. S.; Danielyan, F. D. 1997. Disjunct habitats as islands: genetic variability in the Caucasian rock lizard Lacerta portschinskii. Genetica 101: 41-45 - get paper here
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