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Dinarolacerta montenegrina LJUBISAVLJEVIC, ARRIBAS, DUKIC & CARRANZA, 2007

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Lacertinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Prokletije Rock Lizard
G: Mosor-Gebirgseidechse 
SynonymDinarolacerta 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 
DistributionMontenegro, Albania

Type locality: Ebeza Mt., Prokletije Mountain Massif, Montenegro, 1600 m elevation, 42° 37’ N, 19°33’ E.  
TypesHolotype: 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. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: 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). 
EtymologyNamed after its type locality. 
  • Arnold, E.N.; Arribas, O. & Carranza, S. 2007. Systematics of the Palaearctic and Oriental lizard tribe Lacertini (Squamata: Lacertidae: Lacertinae), with descriptions of eight new genera. Zootaxa 1430: 1-86 - get paper here
  • GVOZDENOVIĆ, S., & IKOVIĆ, V. 2022. CHECKLIST OF AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF MONTENEGRO AND THEIR CONSERVATION STATUS. Natura Montenegrina, Podgorica, 2022, 14 (2): 93-105 - get paper here
  • Kwet, A. 2010. Reptilien und Amphibien Europas. Kosmos-Verlag, Stuttgart, 252 pp.
  • Kwet, Axel & Benny Trapp 2014. Liste der Reptilien Europas. Draco 15 (60): 72-79 - get paper here
  • Ljubisavljević, K., L. Polović, V. Iković, S. Vuksanović & T. D. Vukov 2017. Habitat use of endemic Balkan rock lizards (Dinarolacerta spp.). Salamandra 53 (2): 279-284 - get paper here
  • Ljubisavljevic, KATARINA; OSCAR ARRIBAS, GEORG DUKI & SALVADOR CARRANZA 2007. Genetic and morphological differentiation of Mosor rock lizards, Dinarolacerta mosorensis (Kolombatović, 1886), with the description of a new species from the Prokletije Mountain Massif (Montenegro) (Squamata: Lacertidae). Zootaxa 1613: 1–22 - get paper here
  • Mizsei, Edvárd; Daniel Jablonski; Zsolt Végvári; Szabolcs Lengyel & Márton Szabolcs 2017. Distribution and diversity of reptiles in Albania: a novel database from a Mediterranean hotspot. Amphibia-Reptilia 38: 157-173 - get paper here
  • Podnar, Martina; Branka Bruvo Mađarić and Werner Mayer 2013. Non-concordant phylogeographical patterns of three widely codistributed endemic Western Balkans lacertid lizards (Reptilia, Lacertidae) shaped by specific habitat requirements and different responses to Pleistocene climatic oscillations. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, DOI: 10.1111/jzs.12056 - 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
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