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Eremias kavirensis MOZAFFARI & PARHAM, 2007

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Maranjaab racerunner 
SynonymEremias kavirensis MOZAFFARI & PARHAM 2007
Eremias kavirensis — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Eremias kavirensis — NASRABADI et al. 2017 
DistributionIran (Esfahan: Kavir Desert)

Type locality: Isfahan Province, Maranjab sand dunes, 34° 17’ 51’’ N, 51° 50’ 57’’ E.  
TypesHolotype: CAS 238636 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: By virtue of the subocular scale not reaching the mouth, E. kavirensis can be excluded from the subgenera Eremias and Rhabderemias. By virtue of having fringed toes, E. kavirensis can be excluded from the subgenus Ommat-eremias. Within the Iranian members of the subgenus Scapteria, E. kavirensis can be differentiated from E. grammica by having enlarged tibial scales and from E. acutirostris by having scales of the flank larger than those of the back as well as having two rows of enlarged tibial scales instead of one. (Mozaffari & Parham 2007) 
CommentDistribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyNamed after the collection locality of the new species, the Kavir Desert (Dasht-e-Kavir), and the Latin ‘-ensis,’ meaning ‘from’ or ‘belonging to.’ 
  • Gholamifard, A 2011. Endemism in the reptile fauna of Iran. Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics 7 (1) - get paper here
  • Kamali, Kamran 2020. A Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Iran. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany ( 574 pp.
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Mozaffari, O. & Parham, J.F. 2007. A new species of racerunner lizard (Lacertidae: Eremias) from Iran. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 58 (23-30): 569-574 [December 28 2007]
  • 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
  • ORLOVA, VALENTINA F.; ESKANDAR RASEGAR-POUYANI, KHOSROW RAJABIZADEH, HOSSEIN NABIZADEH, NIKOLAY A. POYARKOV, DANIEL A. MELNIKOV, ROMAN A. NAZAROV 2023. Taxonomic diversity of racerunners with descriptions of two new Eremias species (Sauria: Lacertidae) from Central Iran. Zootaxa 5369 (3): 336–368 - 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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