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Darevskia szczerbaki (LUKINA, 1963)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Lacertinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Szczerbak‘s Lizard
Russian: Ящерица Щербака 
SynonymLacerta saxicola szczerbaki LUKINA 1963
Lacerta saxicola szczerbaki — DAREVSKY 1967
Darevskia brauneri szczerbaki — MACCULLOCH et al. 2000
Darevskia szczerbaki — TUNIYEV & TUNIYEV 2012
Darevskia [brauneri] szczerbaki — DORONIN et al. 2013
Darevskia brauneri szczerbaki — SPEYBROECK et al. 2020
Darevskia szczerbaki — TUNIYEV & DORONIN 2021 
DistributionRussia (coastal cliffs from Anapa to Tuapse in the Krasnodar Region) (map of Doronin, 2012).

Type locality: Vysoky bereg (= Vysoky beach), Rocky cliff in City Anapa, Krasnodar Krai, Russia.  
TypesHolotype: unlocated; paratypes: ZISP 17968, NMNH Re 2/1–2/90 (Doronin, 2012) 
CommentSynonymy: partly after I. Doronin (pers. comm. 6 June 2016). MACCULLOCH et al. (2000) synonymized D. s. darevskii und D. s. szczerbaki with Darevskia s. brauneri, which they elevated to full species status. However, recent authors consider D. szczerbaki as valid (sub-) species.

Distribution: see maps in Tuniyev & Tuniyev 2012 and Doronin 2012: 106 (who also has separate maps for D. b. darevskii and myusserica).

NCBI taxonomy ID: 1592834 (darevskii)

See also D. brauneri for more references. 
EtymologyNamed after Nikolai Nikolaevich Szczerbak (1927-1998), Ukrainian herpetologist who was arrested by the NKVD (Secret Police) and imprisoned in the Gulag (1948-1954). See Adler 1999 for more details. 
  • Darevsky I.S. 1989. Nutritional erythrism in one of the subspecies forms of a rock lizard. [in Russian] Seventh AllUnion herpetological conference (The problems of herpetology). Abstracts. Kiev, September 26–29, 1989. Kiev, 1989: 76–77
  • Darevsky,I.S. 1967. Rock lizards of the Caucasus: Systematics, ecology and phylogenesis of the polymorphic groups of Caucasian rock lizards of the the subgenus Archaeolacerta (Skal'nye Yashcheritsy Kavkasa; Izdat elst'vo Nauka, Leningrad). Leningrad, Nauka (English translation 1978): Ind. Nat. Sci. Doc. Centre; New Delhi, 276 pp. - get paper here
  • Doronin I.V., Tuniyev B.S. 2018. Szczerbak‘s Lizard - the Endangered Endemic of Russia. Priroda № 11: 37-43
  • Doronin, I.V. 2012. The use of GIS for the analysis of the distribution of Rock lizards Darevskia (saxicola) complex (Sauria: Lacertidae). Current Studies in Herpetology 12 (3/4): 91-122 - get paper here
  • Doronin, I.V. 2012. Review of the type specimens of Rock Lizards of Darevskia (saxicola) complex (Sauria: Lacertidae) [in Russian] Proceedings of the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences 316 (1): 22-39
  • Doronin, I.V. 2013. New records of rock lizards of the genus Darevskia Arribas, 1997 (Sauria: Lacertidae) in the Caucasus. Proceedings of the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences 317 (3): 282–291 - get paper here
  • Doronin, I.V.; B.S. Tuniyev and O.V. Kukushkin 2013. Differentiation and taxonomy of the Rock Lizards Darevskia (Saxicola) (Sauria: Lacertidae) according to morphological and molecular analyses. Proceedings of the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences 317 (1): 54–84
  • Lukina, G.P. 1963. Sistematiceskoje polozenije i biologija skalnoj jascericy Lacerta saxicola Eversmann na sewerizaoadbih granice areala wida w predjelach Kawkaza. Izw. Akad. Nauk Azerbajdz. SSR 6: 53-61
  • Macculloch, R. D. , J. FU, I. S. DAREVSKY & R. W. MURPHY 2000. Genetic evidence for species status of some Caucasian rock lizards in the Darevskia saxicola group. Amphibia-Reptilia 21 (2): 169-176 - get paper here
  • Speybroeck, Jeroen; Wouter Beukema, Christophe Dufresnes, Uwe Fritz, Daniel Jablonski, Petros Lymberakis, Iñigo Martínez-Solano, Edoardo Razzetti, Melita Vamberger, Miguel Vences, Judit Vörös0, Pierre-André Crochet 2020. Species list of the European herpetofauna – 2020 update by the Taxonomic Committee of the Societas Europaea Herpetologica.. Amphibia-Reptilia 41: 139-189 - get paper here
  • Tuniyev B.S., Doronin I.V. 2021. Darevskia szczerbaki (Lukina, 1963). In: Red Data Book of the Russian Federation, volume "Animals". 2nd edition. Moscow: FGBU «VNII Ecology», 2021, pp. 447-448
  • Tuniyev, Boris S.; Sako B. Tuniyev 2012. On Distribution and Taxonomic Status of Rock Lizards Darevskia brauneri szczerbaki (Lukina, 1963) and D. b. darevskii (Szczerbak, 1962). Russ. J. Herpetol. 19 (1): 10–22
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