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Darevskia valentini (BOETTGER, 1892)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Lacertinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Caucasian Rock Lizard, Valentin's Lizard
G: Valentins Felseneidechse 
SynonymLacerta muralis var. valentini BOETTGER 1892: 145
Lacerta saxicola valentini — MEHELY 1909: 494, 543
Lacerta saxicola valentini — DAREVSKY & DANIELYAN 1968
Lacerta saxicola terentjevi DAREVSKY 1957: 42
Lacerta valentini — ENGELMANN et al 1993
Lacerta valentini — FU & MURPHY 1997
Darevskia valentini — ARRIBAS 1997
Lacerta valentini — ANDERSON 1999: 248
Lacerta valentini — FU, MURPHY & DAREVSKY 2000
Lacerta (Archaeolacerta) valentini — FU 2000
Archaeolacerta (Caucasilacerta) valentini — SINDACO et al. 2000
Darevskia valentini — BISCHOFF 2002
Lacerta valentini — SZCZERBAK 2003
Darevskia valentini — ARNOLD et al. 2007
Darevskia valentini — NASRABADI et al. 2017 
DistributionS/W Armenia, NE/E/SE Turkey (Kars-Plateau, Cilo-Sat Mts. at the Vilayet HakkÅri), SW Republic of Georgia, Iran

USA: may have been introduced to Ohio (HR 33: 65, see also HR 35: 81)

Type locality: Basarchay, NE Armenia; “Bazarkent, northeastern Armenia” fide ANDERSON 1999.  
TypesHolotype: SMF 12064
Holotype: NMW 32224 (m.), SPITZENBERGER leg., 17. 7. 1974 [spitzenbergerae]
Lectotype: GNM (Natural History Museum Gothenburg) 2459, 07.06.1927, Coll. O. Cyrén [lantzicyreni] 
CommentSynonymy partly after KHALIKOV & ANANJEVA (pers. comm.). Might have been introduced in Ohio (USA), but previously misidentified as Podarcis muralis; see BISCHOFF & DEICHSEL 2002. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Jean Valentin (1868-1898), a naturalist at Naturmuseum Senckenberg, Frankfurt, who went to Karabagh with Radde (1890). 
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