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Eremias strauchi KESSLER, 1878

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesG: Strauchs Wüstenrenner
E: Strauch's Racerunner 
SynonymEremias strauchi KESSLER 1878: 166
Eremias velox var. persica BOETTGER 1886
Eremias velox (part.) BOULENGER 1887
Eremias velox var. strauchi B— EDRIAGA 1912
Eremias velox strauchi — NIKOLSKY 1913
Eremias strauchi — ENGELMANN et al 1993
Eremias strauchi — HILLMANN 2003
Eremias (Dimorphea) strauchi — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Eremias strauchi — NASRABADI et al. 2017 
DistributionS Armenia, S Azerbaidzhan, NE Turkey, NE Iran

Type locality: Echmiadzin, Armenia; “Etshmiadzin, Armenia” fide ANDERSON 1999.  
TypesLectotype: ZISP (fide I. Doronin), originally MLSU 166 (designated by Szczerbak 1974:114) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Lower nasal resting on 2 or 3 supralabials; subocular bordering mouth; lateral scales of fourth toe not forming distinct fringe; series of femoral pores separated by space not greater than one-fourth length of each; fourth toe with single row of subdigital scales, complete row of somewhat smaller ventrolateral scales, and a few scattered, much smaller dorsolateral scales not forming complete row (total of 3 scales around penultimate phalange of fourth toe); usually several collar scales distinctly larger than adjacent gulars; 23-33 gulars; 56-68 dorsals; 24-35 scales in ninth or tenth caudal annulus; vertebral zone ofback uniform in adults, usually without dark or light spots; ventral surface of tail yellow in juveniles (Anderson 1999: 225, Fig. 109).

Color pattern: Ground color yellow-gray, olive-gray, or brownish-gray; vertebral region uniform, without spots in adults; broad dark dorsolateral and flank area contains up to 4 complete or partial rows of light spots, dorsolateral dark stripe frequently breaking up in places, leaving dark-margined light ocelli; spots and ocelli continue onto neck and onto anterior part oftail; lower row of spots or ocelli bright blue or yellow-green (in life); upper labials with alternate light and dark marks; juveniles similar to adults, but with more distinct black spots, tending to fuse longitudinally into alternating light and dark lines; lower surfaces of thighs and tail bright yellow (Anderson 1999: 226, Fig. 105d). 
CommentSynonymy mainly after KHALIKOV & ANANJEVA (pers. comm.).

Distribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran.

Similar species: E. persica. 
EtymologyNamed after Alexander Strauch (1832-1893), Russian zoologist. 
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