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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesEremias argus argus PETERS 1869
Eremias argus barbouri SCHMIDT 1925 
Common NamesE: Mongolia Racerunner
Russian: Монгольская ящурка
Chinese: 丽斑麻蜥 
SynonymEremias argus PETERS 1869: 61
Podarces argus STRAUCH 1876
Eremias argus — BOULENGER 1887: 102 (part.)
Eremias argus — STONE 1899: 183
Eremias argus — STEJNEGER 1907: 248
Eremias brenchleyi ELPATEYEVSKY 1906
Eremias (Pareremias) argus — SZCZERBAK 1974
Eremias argus — SZYNDLAR 1984
Eremias argus — SCHLÜTER 2005
Eremias (Pareremias) argus — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008

Eremias argus barbouri SCHMIDT 1925
Eremias barbouri SCHMIDT 1925
Eremias argus barbouri — OKADA 1935
Eremias (Pareremias) barbouri — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Eremias argus barbouri — BÖHME 2014: 145 
DistributionE Mongolia, NE China (Liaoning south to Jiangsu and westward to Qinghai)
C Mongolia and adjacent parts of China (Inner Mongolia)
W Korea, Russia (southern bank of Lake Baikal, SW Chitinskaya Oblast, S Buryatia)

Type locality: Mai Tai Chao, China [E. a. barbouri]
Type locality: “Chefoo, China” [= Yantai Shi, Shandong, China] fide BAUER et al. 1995: 57  
TypesLectotype: ZMB 4532 (designated by SZCZERBAK 1974)
Holotype: AMNH 24045, paratypes: FMNH, ZFMK 14230 (ex-AMNH 24079) [barbouri] 
CommentSynonymy partly after KHALIKOV & ANANJEVA (pers. comm.). 
EtymologyNamed after the mythological Greek giant Argus who had many eyes (some accounts say 100). The reptiles named after him are adorned with ocelli (eyelike spots). 
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