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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesG: Kirgisischer [Nikolskys] Wüstenrenner
E: Kirghiz racerunner 
SynonymEremias nikolskii BEDRIAGA in NIKOLSKY 1905: 478
Eremias nikolskii BEDRIAGA 1907: 233
Eremias velox (part.) NIKOLSKY 1905
Eremias multiocellata CHERNOV 1935
Eremias nikolskii — SZCZERBAK 2003
Eremias (Dimorphea) nikolskii — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008 
DistributionUsbekistan, N Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, SE Kazakhstan (Tien Shan, SW Pamir, also boundary region to China), SE Kazakhstan

Type locality: Altay Mountain Range, Kyrgyzstan  
TypesHolotype: ZISP 8192, Kyrgyzstan, the southern part of the Alai Range, Tengu-Bar (Tengiz-Bay), 28.05.1890, Coll. B.L. Grombchevsky 
CommentThis name is not in ZR 1905.

Synonymy partly after KHALIKOV & ANANJEVA (pers. comm.)

Distribution: not in Kazakhstan fide Dujsebayeva (2010 and pers. comm., 6 Feb 2012).

Activity pattern. Diurnal. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Alexander Mikhailovich Nikolsky (1858-1942), a herpetologist and zoologist. 
  • Baig, Khalid Javed and Rafaqat Masroor 2006. A New Species of Eremias (Sauria: Lacertidae) from Cholistan Desert, Pakistan. Russ. J. Herpetol. 13 (3): 167-174
  • Bedriaga, JACQUES VON 1907. Neue Saurier aus Russisch-Asien. Annu. Mus. Zool. Acad. Impér. Sci. St.-Petersbourg, 10 [1905]: 210-243 - 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
  • Davletbakov, A. T.; L. A. Kustareva, D. A. Milko, A. N. Ostastshenko, S. S. Sagymbaev, S. A. Toropov, N. V. Trotchenko 2015. Genetical Fund Cadastre of Kyrgyz Republic. Vol. IV. Phylum Chordata (chordates). Bishkek, 128 p. + XXXVI color tables - get paper here
  • Eremchenko, V.K. & Panfilov, A.M. 1999. Taxonomic situation of multiocellated racerunner of the Eremias multiocellata complex of Kyrgyzstan and neighbour China (Sauria: Lacertidae: Eremias). [in Russian] Science and New Technologies - Nauka i Novye Tekhnologii, Ser. Biol., 4: 112-124
  • GUO, XIANGUANG; XIAOPENG HUO, JINLONG LIU & MARINA A. CHIRIKOVA. 2022. Complete mitochondrial genome of the Kyrghyz racerunner (Eremias nikolskii Bedriaga, 1905) from Kyrgyzstan. Mitochondrial DNA Part B 7(6): 983–985. - get paper here
  • Jablonski, D; Bursey, C R; Milko, D A & Goldberg, S R; 2019. Eremias nikolskii (Kirghiz Racerunner) Endoparasites. Herpetological Review 50 (2): 373-374 - get paper here
  • Lixia, Wan; Shihong, Sun; Yuanting, Jin; Yongfeng, Yan; Naifa, Liu 2007. Molecular phylogeography of the Chinese lacertids of the genus Eremias (Lacertidae) based on 16S rRNA mitochondrial DNA sequences. Amphibia-Reptilia 28 (1): 33-41 - get paper here
  • Nikolsky, A. M. 1905. Herpetologia rossica. Mem. Acad. Imp. Sci., Phys.-Math. Classe, St. Pétersbourg, XVII (1): 1-518
  • Rastegar-Pouyani, Nasrullah and Eskandar Rastegar-Pouyani 2001. A new species of Eremias (Sauria: Lacertidae) from highlands of Kermanshah Province, western Iran. Asiatic Herpetological Research. 9: 107-112. - get paper here
  • Sindaco, R. & Jeremcenko, V.K. 2008. The reptiles of the Western Palearctic. Edizioni Belvedere, Latina (Italy), 579 pp. - get paper here
  • Szczerbak, N.N. 2003. Guide to the Reptiles of the Eastern Palearctic. Krieger, Malabar, FL, 260 pp. - get paper here
  • Tian, L., & Guo, X. 2022. Complete Mitochondrial Genomes of Five Racerunners (Lacertidae: Eremias) and Comparison with Other Lacertids: Insights into the Structure and Evolution of the Control Region. Genes, 13(5): 726 - get paper here
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