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Darevskia sapphirina (SCHMIDTLER, EISELT & DAREVSKY, 1994)

IUCN Red List - Darevskia sapphirina - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymLacerta sapphirina SCHMIDTLER, EISELT & DAREVSKY 1994: 55
Darevskia sapphirina — ARRIBAS 1997
Darevskia sapphirina — MURPHY et al. 2000
Archaeolacerta (Caucasilacerta) sapphirina — SINDACO et al. 2000
Lacerta (Darevskia) sapphirina — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Darevskia sapphirinica — BÖHME 2010: 101 
DistributionE Turkey (north of Lake Van)

Type locality: “Provinzgrenze Van/Agri, 30 km NW Erçis, 2000 m, Türkei”  
Reproductionparthenogenetic "species", probably resulting from hybridization between D. valentini and D. raddei (SCHMIDTLER et al. 1994). 
TypesHolotype: ZSM 170/1993, female 
Diagnosis 
CommentAbundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
Etymologyafter “saphire”, a blue gem, referring to the characteristic blue lateral spots in this species. 
References
  • Arakelyan, Marine, Ruzanna Petrosyan, Cetin Ilgaz, Yusuf Kumlutas, Salih Hakan Durmus, Yahya Tayhan and Felix Danielyan. 2013. A skeletochronological study of parthenogenetic lizards of the genus Darevskia from Turkey. Acta Herpetologica 8 (2): 99-104 - get paper here
  • Fu, J.; MURPHY R.W. & DAREVSKY,I.S. 2000. Divergence of the cytochrome b gene in the Lacerta raddei complex and its parthenogenetic daughter species: evidence for recent multiple origins. Copeia 2000 (2): 432-440 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - 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
  • Schmidtler J F; Eiselt, J; Darevsky I S 1994. Untersuchungen an Feldeidechsen (Lacerta-saxicola-Gruppe) in der östlichen Türkei: 3. Zwei neue parthogenetische Arten. Salamandra 30 (1): 55-70 - get paper here
  • 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.
  • Tiedemann,F. & Grillitsch,H. 1999. Ergänzungen zu den Katalogen der Typusexemplare der Herpetologischen Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien. Herpetozoa 12 (3-4): 147-156 - get paper here
  • Tuniyev B.S., Tuniyev S.B., Avcı A., Ilgaz Ç. 2014. Herpetological studies in Eastern and North-Eastern Turkey. Current Studies in Herpetology 14 (1/2): 44–53. Резюме - get paper here
 
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