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Eremias suphani BASOGLU & HELLMICH, 1968

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Eremiadinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Suphan Racerunner, Basoglu's Racerunner 
SynonymEremias velox suphani BASOGLU & HELLMICH 1968
Eremias suphani — BISCHOFF & BÖHME 1980
Eremias (Dimorphea) suphani — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Eremias suphani — MULDER 2019 
DistributionE Turkey (Anatolia, Lake Van region, perhaps to Burdur in the west), NW Iran

Type locality: Van Lake, Turkey  
TypesHolotype: ZDEU 31/1957, paratypes: ZSM, ZFMK 26249-251. male and subadult 
CommentAdults of Eremias suphani can be distinguished from E. strauchi by the presence of a double or single row of gular scales separating the scales of the third pair of chin shields (third pair of chin shields in contact in E. strauchi), the presence of enlarged gular scales border- ing the third pair of chin shields (no enlarged gulars in E. suphani), and the presence of a ventrolateral row of well-defined, large, round, white spots, that may be fused to form a longitudinal band (diffuse small longitudinal spots or a diffuse thin line in E. strauchi).

Distribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
EtymologyNamed after the Suphan Dağ mountain massif, which shapes the landscape of the Van Lake mountains. 
  • Akman, B.; M. Z. Yildiz et al. 2018. On the herpetofauna of the East Anatolian Province of Bitlis (Turkey) (Amphibia; Reptilia). Herpetozoa 31 (1/2): 69 - 82 - get paper here
  • Basoglu, M. & HELLMICH,W. 1968. Eine neue Eremias-Form aus Ost-Anatolien (Reptilia, Lacertidae). Ege Üniv. Fen. Fak. Ilmi Rap. Ser. (Izmir) 67: 1-9
  • Bischoff,W. & BÖHME,W. 1980. Der systematische Status der türkischen Wüstenrenner des Subgenus Eremias (Sauria: Lacertidae). Zool. Beitr., N.F., (Berlin) 26 (2): 297-306
  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2014. Herpetology in Bonn. Mertensiella 21. vi + 256 pp. - get paper here
  • Franzen, Michael and Ullrich Heckes. 1999. Eremias suphani Basoglu & Hellmich, 1968 und Eremias strauchi Kessler, 1878 in der östlichen Türkei: Diagnostische Merkmale, Verbreitung und Lebensräume (Sauria: Lacertidae). Salamandra 35 (4): 255-266 - get paper here
  • Kamali, Kamran 2020. A Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Iran. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany ( 574 pp.
  • Mulder, J. 2019. Annotated checklist of the herpetofauna (Amphibia, Reptilia) of Mount Ararat and surroundings. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 13 (1) [General Section]: 162–172 - get paper here
  • Rastegar-Pouyani, Eskandar; Aziz Avci, Yusuf Kumlutaş, Çetin Ilgaz, Seyyed Saeed Hosseinian Yousefkhani 2013. New country record and range extension of Eremias suphani Başoǧlu & Hellmich, 1968 from Iran. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 6 (2): 35-39 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Tuniyev B.S., Tuniyev S.B., Avcı A., Ilgaz Ç. 2014. Herpetological studies in Eastern and North-Eastern Turkey. Current Studies in Herpetology 14 (1/2): 44–53. Резюме - get paper here
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