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Eremias andersoni DAREVSKY & SZCZERBAK, 1978

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Anderson's racerunner 
SynonymEremias andersoni DAREVSKY & SZCZERBAK 1978
Eremias (Rhabderemias) fasciata — BISCHOFF 1978
Eremias andersoni — NILSON & ANDREN 1981: 138
Eremias andersoni — ANDERSON 1999
Eremias andersoni — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Eremias andersoni — NASRABADI et al. 2017 
DistributionIran (Dashte-Kavir Desert, Semnan)

Type locality: Dashte-Kavir Desert, 45 km E of Lake Daryache Namak.  
TypesHolotype: MMTT 1671, subadult male, Iran National Museum of Natural History 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Subocular in contact with edge of mouth; frontal and supraoculars not separated by a complete row of granules; nostril situated among 3 nasals and widely separated from supralabials (Fig. 93); ventrals in 13-14 oblique longitudinal series; series of femoral pores separated by space not greater than one-fourth of one row; supracaudals weakly keeled; fourth toe without long flat projecting scales (Anderson 1999: 212).

Color pattern: Sandy gray dorsally with 9 dark brown longitudinal stripes, medial stripes broken into separate, more or less wavy segments, some passing onto tail, one extending from eye along flank to anterior half of tail; limbs above with light circular or oval spots on dark brown background. Venter white 
CommentDistribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
EtymologyNamed after Steven Clement Anderson, the famous zoologist and explorer of Iranian lizards. 
  • Anderson, Steven C 1999. The lizards of Iran. Contributions to Herpetology Volume 15, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Saint Louis, Missouri: i-vii, 1-442 [review in Copeia 2000 (4): 1144] - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Bischoff, W. 1978. Beiträge zur Kenntnis der Echsen des Kaukasus. Salamandra 14 (4): 178-202 - get paper here
  • Darevsky, I.S. & N.N. Shcherbak 1978. Eremias andersoni, a new lizard (Reptilia, Lacertilia, Lacertidae) from Iran. Journal of Herpetology 12 (1): 13-15 - get paper here
  • Kamali, Kamran 2020. A Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Iran. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany ( 574 pp.
  • NASRABADI, REZA; NASRULLAH RASTEGAR-POUYANI, ESKANDAR RASTEGAR-POUYANI, AHMAD GHARZI 2017. A revised key to the lizards of Iran (Reptilia: Squamata: Lacertilia). Zootaxa 4227 (3): 431–443 - get paper here
  • Nilson,G. & Andren,C. 1981. Die Herpetofauna des Kavir-Schutzgebietes, Kavir-Wüste, Iran. Salamandra 17 (3-4): 130-146 - get paper here
  • RASTEGAR-POUYANI, NASRULLAH; HAJI GHOLI KAMI, MEHDI RAJABZADEH, SOHEILA SHAFIEI AND STEVEN CLEMENT ANDERSON 2008. Annotated Checklist of Amphibians and Reptiles of Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 4 (1): 7-30
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • ŠMÍD, JIŘÍ; JIŘÍ MORAVEC, PETR KODYM, LUKÁŠ KRATOCHVÍL, SEYYED SAEED HOSSEINIAN YOUSEFKHANI, ESKANDAR RASTEGAR-POUYANI & DANIEL FRYNTA 2014. Annotated checklist and distribution of the lizards of Iran. Zootaxa 3855 (1): 001–097 - get paper here
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