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Dinarolacerta mosorensis (KOLOMBATOVIC, 1886)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Lacertinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Mosor rock lizard.
G: Mosoreidechse, Prokletije-Gebirgseidechse
Serbian: Prokletijski gušter
Croatian: mosorska gušterica 
SynonymLacerta mosorensis KOLOMBATOVIC 1886
Lacerta mosorensis — WERNER 1904: 257
Lacerta mosorensis — BOULENGER 1920: 313
Lacerta mosorensis — MERTENS & MÜLLER 1940
Lacerta mosorensis — ENGELMANN et al 1993
Archaeolacerta mosorensis — ARRIBAS 1999
Lacerta mosorensis — PETROV et al. 2006
Dinarolacerta mosorensis — ARNOLD et al. 2007
Dinarolacerta mosorensis — LJUBISAVLJEVI et al. 2007
Lacerta (Dinarolacerta) mosorensis — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Dinarolacerta mosorensis — SPEYBROECK et al. 2020 
DistributionCroatia (mountains at the south), Hercegovina, Montenegro

Type locality: Mount Mosor, Dalmatia.  
TypesSyntypes: NMW 16090:1,2 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus): Lizards possessing the following features found only in a minority of other Lacertini: head and body very strongly depressed, usual number of presacral vertebrae 25–26 in males, median loop of clavicle often interrupted posteriorly, rostral scale usually contacting frontonasal scale, sometimes five upper labial scales in front of subocular, embryos partly developed at egg-laying. Other more widely distributed features include: supraocular osteoderms fenestrated in adults, nine premaxillary teeth in adults, inscriptional ribs usually absent, tail often brightly coloured in hatchlings, hemipenial microornamentation of crown-shaped tubercles (from Arnold et al. 2007: 42). 
CommentType Species: Lacerta mosorensis Kolombatovic, 1886 is the type species of the genus Dinarolacerta ARNOLD et al. 2007.

Phylogenetics: Strachinis et al. 2021 found that Dinarolacerta nests within Algyroides, although they found that their results are “too soon to make any safe conclusions” about synonymization.

Distribution: not in Albania; the Albanian population (Petrov 2006) has been redescribed as D. montenegrina LJUBISAVLJEVIC et al. 2007 (Mizsei et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
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  • 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
  • Arribas, O. J. 1999. Phylogeny and relationships of the mountain lizards of Europe and Near East (Archaeolacerta MERTENS, 1921, sensu lato) and their relationships among the eurasian lacertid radiation. Russ. J. Herpetol. 6 (1): 1-22 - get paper here
  • Bischoff, W. 1984. Lacerta mosorensis - Mosor-Eidechse. In: Böhme,W. (ed.), Handbuch der Reptilien und Amphibien Europas, Band 2/I., Echsen II (Lacerta). Aula-Verlag Wiesbaden, pp. 290-300
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1910. Remarks on Prof. L. von Mehely's recent Contribution to the Knowledge of the Lizards allied to Lacerta muralis. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (8) 5: 247-256 - get paper here
  • Boulenger,G.A. 1920. Monograph of the Lacertidae, vol. 1. British Museum (London) - get paper here
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  • Engelmann, W.E. et al. 1993. Lurche und Kriechtiere Europas. Neumann Verlag (Radebeul, Germany), 440 pp.
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  • 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
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