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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Lacertinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
Darevskia schaekeli — TUNIYEV & PETROVA 2019 
DistributionIran (Tehran Province: E Alborz mountains)

Type locality: Iran, Tehran Province, Firouzkooh (52° 449 48.580’ E, 35°449 54.560’ N (N and E coordinates are inverted in the original description), 2200 m elevation  
Reproductionoviparous (phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: ZFMK 94200, adult male. Paratypes. 1 female: Iran, Mazandaran Province, Kiasar, 18 July 2011, F. Ahmadzadeh (ZFMK 94100); 2 males, 6 females: same data as holotype (ZFMK 94100–94103, 94201–94205); 1 female: Iran, Golestan Province, Toskestan, 19 July 2011, F. Ahmadzadeh (ZFMK 94104). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A member of the D. defilippii-complex with a non-serrated collar and smooth dorsal scales, comprising all individuals belonging to the Eastern Alborz clade. It is characterized by the combination of ventral plates with nearly rectilinear posterior margins in 21–25 transversal and 6 longitudinal rows; 49–54 dorsal scales across middle of back; 9–11 collar scales; 36–39 small scales along fold among ears; 23–29 gular scales from angle between maxillar scales to collar; 16–19 femoral pores; 26–30 scales under fourth toe; 6–8 supraciliar scales; 7–15 supraciliar granules; 1–4 scales between masseteric and supratemporal shield; 2–6 scales between masseteric and tympanic shield; 2 large preanal scales; rostral separated from nostril. The maximum snout-vent length is 54.8 mm in males and 56.2 mm in females. 
CommentHabitat. Alpine vegetation, rocky outcrops and loose scree at elevations from 1720 m to 2198 m elevation.

Distribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
EtymologyNamed in honor of Dr. Uwe Scha ̈kel, who has supported the research activities of the ZFMK in Bonn for many years in his function of president of the Alexander Koenig Society, as well as with his personal commitment. 
  • Ahmadzadeh F, Flecks M, Carretero MA, Mozaffari O, Böhme W, et al. 2013. Cryptic Speciation Patterns in Iranian Rock Lizards Uncovered by Integrative Taxonomy. PLoS One 8 (12): e80563. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0080563 - get paper here
  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2014. Herpetology in Bonn. Mertensiella 21. vi + 256 pp. - get paper here
  • Iryshkov E. S., Solovyeva E. N., Arakelyan M. S., Rastegar-Poyani E., Moaddab M., Milto K. D., Galoyan E. A. 2023. Phylogeny and geographic distribution of rock lizards (Lacertidae, Reptilia) in Alborz mountain range. Current Studies in Herpetology 23 (3): 93 - get paper here
  • Kamali, Kamran 2020. A Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Iran. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany ( 574 pp.
  • ŠMÍD, JIŘÍ; JIŘÍ MORAVEC, PETR KODYM, LUKÁŠ KRATOCHVÍL, SEYYED SAEED HOSSEINIAN YOUSEFKHANI, ESKANDAR RASTEGAR-POUYANI & DANIEL FRYNTA 2014. Annotated checklist and distribution of the lizards of Iran. Zootaxa 3855 (1): 001–097 - get paper here
  • Tuniyev, B.S. & T.V. Petrova 2019. A new lizard species of the genus Darevskia Arribas, 1997 from Southern Armenia. Proceedings of the Zoological Institute RAS 323 (2): 136–148; doi:10.31610/trudyzin/2019.323.2.136 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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