Dinarolacerta montenegrina LJUBISAVLJEVIC, ARRIBAS, DUKIC & CARRANZA, 2007
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|Higher Taxa||Lacertidae, Lacertinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Prokletije Rock Lizard|
|Synonym||Dinarolacerta montenegrina LJUBISAVLJEVI, ARRIBAS, DUKI & CARRANZA 2007|
Lacerta mosorensis — DZUKIC et al. 1997
Dinarolacerta montenegrina — ARNOLD et al. 2007
Dinarolacerta montenegrina — KWET & TRAPP 2015
Dinarolacerta montenegrina — SPEYBROECK et al. 2020
Type locality: Ebeza Mt., Prokletije Mountain Massif, Montenegro, 1600 m elevation, 42° 37’ N, 19°33’ E.
|Types||Holotype: IBISS (IBRBS) G 21594, adult male. Preserved in 70 % ethanol and deposited in the herpetological collection of the Institute for Biological Research, Belgrade, Serbia, collected by G. Dzukic, M.L. Kalezic.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A small lacertid, especially characterized by the following combination of characters: small trunk, relatively short, narrow and flat head, small fore and hindlimbs in comparison to Dinarolacerta mosorensis. Usually one postnasal scale on either side or on one side only (70%). This contrasts with the situation in D. mosorensis, where two postnasals on either side are most frequent (60 – 88%). Lower number of temporal, postocular and higher number of ventral scales in comparison to D. mosorensis. Dorsal pattern of medium sized spots arranged in vertebral and two narrow juxtaposed paravertebral bands, or a broad vertebral band. Osteologically, it is differentiated from D. mosorensis by the complete absence of the anteromedial process in the postocular bone, reduced supraocular osteoderms (3rd and 4th supraocularia). From a phylogenetic point of view, it forms an independent monophyletic group sister to D. mosorensis, from which it differs in 4.1% of the positions of the mitochondrial gene 12S rRNA sequenced for this study. The genetic distinctiveness of D. montenegrina sp. nov. has also been previously reported by Carranza et al. (2004) and Arnold et al. (2007).|
|Etymology||Named after its type locality.|
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