|Etymology||Named after Georgian biologist Dr. Rostombekov. The original spelling of Rostombekov’s rock lizard was based on the transliteration of the Russian character “B” to a “w.” This spelling appears on several pages in the original publication (Darevsky, 1957), including the description (p. 35), tables of scale characteristics (p. 37, 53), figures (Fig. 4), text etc. However, in subsequent transliterations the Russian character appears as a “v,” the spelling changed to rostombekovi by Darevsky (Darevskii, 1967) to parallel more recent transliterations of Russian. According to Article 32 (c, ii) of the Code, (International Union of Biological Sciences, 1985), this change in spelling from rostombekowi to rostombekovi does not fall into the category of a “correction of an incorrect original spelling” because changes to correct transliterations, that is to correct for the use of a “w” as opposed to a “v,” are disallowed. Consequently, the correct spelling of Rostombekov’s rock lizard is Lacerta rostombekowi (Murphy 1999). |
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