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Eremias kopetdaghica SZCZERBAK, 1972

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesG: Kopet Dagh Wüstenrenner
E: Kopet Dagh Racerunner
Russian: Копетдагская ящурка 
SynonymEremias strauchi kopetdaghica SZCZERBAK 1972
Eremias strauchi kopetdaghica — ANDERSON 1999: 226
Eremias kopetdaghica — ŠMÍD et al. 2014: 145
Eremias strauchi kopetdaghica — BÖHME 2014
Eremias kopetdaghica — RASTEGAR-POUYANI et al. 2015
Eremias kopetdaghica — RASTEGAR-POUYANI et al. 2016
Eremias kopetdaghica — KAMALI 2020 
DistributionNE Iran, S Turkmenistan

Type locality: Vicinity of Ai-Dere-Tuzli-Tepe, Kara-Kalinskii, Turkmenistan  
TypesHolotype: NMNHU (formerly ZIK) 4; Paratypes: ZISP 6526, 8784-8786, 12750, NMNHU; ZFMK 14393, male, Institute of Zoology and Parasitology of Uzbekistan. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Differs from nominal subspecies (strauchi) in having larger scales: 19-28 gulars, 48-59 dorsals, 20-26 scales in ninth or tenth caudal annulus (Anderson 1999: 226). 
CommentDistribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
EtymologyNamed after its occurrence in the Kopet Dagh range. 
  • ANANJEVA, NATALIA B.; KONSTANTIN D. MILTO, ANDREI V. BARABANOV, EVGENY A. GOLYNSKY 2020. An annotated type catalogue of amphibians and reptiles collected by Nikolay A. Zarudny in Iran and Middle Asia. Zootaxa 4722 (2): 101–128 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Anooshe, K., Sohrab, A., Masoud, Y., Eskandar, R. P., Mahdi, R., Faraham, A., ... & Loïc, P. 2020. Reptile species richness associated to ecological and historical variables in Iran. Scientific Reports (Nature Publisher Group), 10(1) - get paper here
  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2014. Herpetology in Bonn. Mertensiella 21. vi + 256 pp. - get paper here
  • Ghaffari, Seyed Mahmood; Mosa Mahmoudi, Hasan Salehi and Ali Reza Sari 2023. Karyological analyses of four species of the families Lacertidae and Scincidae (Sauria) from Iran. Journal of Animal Diversity 5 (2): 57-62
  • Kamali, Kamran 2020. A Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Iran. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany ( 574 pp.
  • RASTEGAR-POUYANI, ESKANDAR; SAEED HOSSEINIAN, SOOLMAZ RAFIEE, HAJI GHOLI KAMI, MEHDI RAJABIZADEH, MICHAEL WINK 2016. A new species of the genus Eremias Fitzinger, 1834 (Squamata: Lacertidae) from Central Iran, supported by mtDNA sequences and morphology. Zootaxa 4132 (2): 207–220 - get paper here
  • Rastegar-Pouyani, Eskandar; Seyyed Saeed Hosseinian Yousefkhani & Michael Wink 2015. Taxonomic reevaluation of Eremias strauchi strauchi Kessler, 1878 and Eremias strauchi kopetdaghica Szczerbak, 1972, based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequences (Reptilia: Lacertidae). Zoology in the Middle East 61 (2): 118; DOI:10.1080/09397140.2015.1020615 - 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
  • Szczerbak, N.N. 1972. New subspecies of Eremias strauchi-Eremias strauchi kopetdaghica ssp. nova (Sauria, Reptilia) from Turkmenia. [in Russian] Vestnik Zoologii 6: 83–86 - get paper here
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