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Darevskia valentini (BOETTGER, 1892)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesDarevskia valentini lantzicyreni (DAREVSKY & EISELT 1967)
Darevskia valentini spitzenbergerae (EISELT, DAREVSKY & SCHMIDTLER 1992)
Darevskia valentini valentini (BOETTGER 1892) 
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
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 lantzicyreni (DAREVSKY & EISELT 1967)
Lacerta saxicola mehelyi LANTZ & CYRÉN 1936
Lacerta saxicola lantzicyreni DAREVSKY & EISELT 1967 (nomen novum)
Darevskia valentini lantzicyreni — BISCHOFF 2007
Lacerta (Darevskia) valentini lantzicyreni — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008

Darevskia valentini spitzenbergerae (EISELT, DAREVSKY & SCHMIDTLER, 1992)
Lacerta valentini spitzenbergerae EISELT et al. 1992: 13
Archaeolacerta (Caucasilacerta) valentini spitzenbergerae — SINDACO et al. 2000: 459 
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.

spitzenbergerae: E Turkey; Type locality: Mergan Yayla (= Alm im Cilo-Sat Gebirge), E Türkei, Vil. Hakkari, 2500 m.  
TypesHolotype: SMF 12064
Holotype: NMW 32224 (m.), SPITZENBERGER leg., 17. 7. 1974 [spitzenbergerae] 
CommentSynonymy partly after KHALIKOV & ANANJEVA (pers. comm.). Might have been introduced in Ohio (USA), but previously misidentified as Podarcis muralis; see BISCHOFF & DEICHSEL 2002. 
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