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Darevskia rostombekowi (DAREVSKY, 1957)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Lacertinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesG: Rostombekovs Felseneidechse 
SynonymLacerta saxicola rostombekowi DAREVSKY 1957: 35
Lacerta "rostombekovi" DAREVSKY 1957
Lacerta rostombekovi — DAREVSKY 1967
Lacerta rostombekovi — ENGELMANN et al 1993
Lacerta rostombekowi — FU, MURPHY & DAREVSKY 2000
Darevskia rostombekovi — ARRIBAS 1997
Lacerta rostombekowi — MURPHY 1999
Darevskia rostombekowi [sic] — MURPHY et al. 2000
Lacerta rostombekovi — SZCZERBAK 2003
Darevskia rostombekovi — ARNOLD et al. 2007
Lacerta (Darevskia) rostombekovi — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Darevskia rostombekowi — ARAKELYAN et al. 2011 
DistributionN Armenia, W Azerbaijan

Type locality: near Idzhevan, North Armenia  
Reproductionoviparous; parthenogenetic "species". Synonymy partly after KHALIKOV & ANANJEVA (pers. comm.) 
TypesHolotype: AFAN (was: ZIA, Zoological Institute of the Armenian SSR) 900, female 
EtymologyNamed 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). 
  • Abramjan, A., Arakelyan, M., & Frynta, D. 2020. Does reproductive mode affect sexually selected colouration? Evaluating UV-blue spots in parthenogenetic and bisexual lizards of the genus Darevskia. Current Zoology - get paper here
  • Arakelyan, Marine S.; Felix D. Danielyan, Claudia Corti, Roberto Sindaco, and Alan E. Leviton 2011. The Herpetofauna of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. SSAR, Salt Lake City, 154 pp. [ISBN: 978-0-916984-84-7.]
  • Arnold, E.N.; Arribas, O. & Carranza, S. 2007. Systematics of the Palaearctic and Oriental lizard tribe Lacertini (Squamata: Lacertidae: Lacertinae), with descriptions of eight new genera. Zootaxa 1430: 1-86 - get paper here
  • BADER, T. & KOPECZKY, R. & RIEGLER, C. & WIELAND, F. 2016. Die Eidechsen Armeniens – Teil 1: Die Gattung Darevskia. Die Eidechse 27 (1): 1-14. - 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
  • Bunyatova, S.N; S.K.Dzhafarova 2019. Study of the distribution and number of the genus Darevskia Arribas lizards, 1997 (Reptilia, Sauria, Lacertidae) in Azerbaijan. PROCEEDINGS OF THE VII CONGRESS OF THE NIKOLSKY HERPETOLOGICAL SOCIETY, in "University proceedings. Volga region. Natural sciences” 1: 12-19 - get paper here
  • Darevsky, I.S. 1966. Natural parthogenesis in a polymorphic group of Caucasian Rock lizards related to Lacerta saxicola EVERSMANN. Journ. Ohio Herpetol. Soc.5 (4): 115-152 - get paper here
  • Darevsky, I.S. & Uzzell, T. & Kupriyanova, L.A: & Danielyan, F.D. 1973. Triploid hybrid males in sympatric populations of some parthenogenetic and bisexual species of rock lizards of the genus Lacerta. [in Russian] Bulletin of Moscow Society of Naturalists, 78 (1): 48-58
  • Darevsky,I.S. 1957. Systematics and ecology of rock lizards (Lacerta saxicola Eversmann) in Armenia [in Russian]. Zool. sb. AN Armenia SSR 10: 27-57 - get paper here
  • Engelmann, W.E. et al. 1993. Lurche und Kriechtiere Europas. Neumann Verlag (Radebeul, Germany), 440 pp.
  • Kupriyanova, L. A. 1994. Structure, localization and stability of chromosomes in karyotype evolution in lizards of the Lacertidae family. Russ. J. Herpetol. 1 (2): 161-168 - get paper here
  • Martirosyan, I.A.; Ryskov, A.P.; Petrosyan, V.G.; Arakelyan, M.S.; Aslanyan, A.V.; Danielyan, F.D.; Darevsky, I.S.; Tokarskaya, O.N. 2002. Variation of mini- and microsatellite DNA markers in populations of parthenogenetic rock lizard Darevskia rostombekovi. Russian Journal of Genetics 38 (6): 691-698. - get paper here
  • Murphy, R.W.; Fu,J.; MacCulloch, R.D.; Darevsky,I.S. & Kupriyanova,L.A. 2000. A fine line between sex and unisexuality: the phylogenetic constraints on parthenogenesis in lacertid lizards. Zool. J. Linnean Soc. 130: 527-549 - get paper here
  • Murphy, Robert W. 1999. The correct spelling of the Latinized name for Rostombekov's rock lizard. Amphibia-Reptilia 20 (2): 225-226 - get paper here
  • Osipov F. A., Bobrov V. V., Dergunova N. N., Arakelyan M. S., Petrosyan V. G. 2023. Ecological niches breadth analysis of Darevskia (Lacertidae, Reptilia) parthenogenetic lizards with various scenarios of clonal lineage formation in populations. Current Studies in Herpetology 23 (3): 108 - get paper here
  • Petrosyan VG, Osipov FA, Bobrov VV, Dergunova NN, Kropachev II, Danielyan FD, Arakelyan MS 2020. New records and geographic distribution of the sympatric zones of unisexual and bisexual rock lizards of the genus Darevskia in Armenia and adjacent territories. Biodiversity Data Journal 8: e56030 - get paper here
  • Ryabinina, N. L., V. V. Grechko, S. K. Semenova and I. S. Darevsky 1999. On the hybridiogenous origin of the parthenogenetic species Lacerta dahli and Lacerta rostombekovi revealed by Rapid technique. Russ. J. Herpetol. 6 (1): 55-60 - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • Spangenberg, V., Kolomiets, O., Stepanyan, I., Galoyan, E., de Bello Cioffi, M., Martynova, E., Martirosyan, I., Grishaeva, T., Danielyan, F., Al-Rikabi, A., Liehr, T. and Arakelyan, M. 2020. Evolution of the parthenogenetic rock lizard hybrid karyotype: Robertsonian translocation between two maternal chromosomes in Darevskia rostombekowi. Chromosoma, 1-9 - get paper here
  • Szczerbak, N.N. 2003. Guide to the Reptiles of the Eastern Palearctic. Krieger, Malabar, FL, 260 pp. - get paper here
  • Yanchukov, Alexey; David Tarkhnishvili, Meriç Erdolu, Mehmet Kürşat Şahin, Kamil Candan, Marine Murtskhvaladze, Mariam Gabelaia, Giorgi Iankoshvili, Natia Barateli, Çetin Ilgaz, Yusuf Kumlutaş, Ferhat Matur, Faruk Çolak, Marine Arakelyan, Eduard Galo 2022. Precise paternal ancestry of hybrid unisexual ZW lizards (genus Darevskia: Lacertidae: Squamata) revealed by Z-linked genomic markers. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2022;, blac023, - get paper here
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