Darevskia steineri (EISELT, 1995)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Darevskia steineri?
|Higher Taxa||Lacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Steiner's lizard|
|Synonym||Lacerta steineri EISELT 1995|
Lacerta (Archaeolacerta) steineri — TIEDEMANN & GRILLITSCH 1999
Lacerta steineri — ANDERSON 1999
Darevskia steineri — ARNOLD et al. 2007
Lacerta (Darevskia) steineri — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Darevskia steineri — AHMADZADEH et al. 2013: 13
Type locality: Gole-Loweh bei Minou-dasht (37° 20' 53" N, 55°40’ '28"E), SE Gonbad-e-Gavous, NE-Iran.
|Types||Holotype: NMW 33715, adult male|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A member of the D. defilippii-complex with a non- serrated collar and smooth dorsal scales. According to Eiselt  distinguished from D. chlorogaster and D. defilippii by a relatively longer pileus; a very small massetericum; the higher number of dorsals, small tibials and small temporals between masseteric and tympanic/supratemporal shield; compared to D. defilippii a lower number of small femoralia and marginalia. We further character- ize this species by the combination of ventral plates with nearly rectilinear posterior margins in 21–25 transversal and 6 longitu- dinal rows; 50–60 dorsal scales across middle of back; 7–10 collar scales; 36–49 small scales along fold among ears; 23–30 gular scales from angle between maxillar scales to collar; 15–21 femoral pores; 28–33 scales under fourth toe; 5–6 supraciliar scales; 10–12 supraciliar granules; 2–3 scales between masseteric and supra- temporal shield; 2–4 scales between masseteric and tympanic shield; 2 large preanal scales; rostral separated from nostril. The maximum snout-vent length in our material is 56.6 mm in males and 60.9 mm in females, while Eiselt’s largest specimen measured 71 mm. In contrast to all other species within this complex, which are characterized by a reddish coloration on the belly, D. steineri has a greenish ventral coloration [AHMADZADEH et al. 2013]|
|Comment||Habitat. Tree trunks and forest floor within the Hyrcanian forest.|
Sympatry: Darevskia kamii
Distribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran.
|Etymology||Named after Hans M. Steiner, the zoologist and explorer of amphibians and reptiles of Iran.|