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Iranolacerta zagrosica (RASTEGAR-POUYANI & NILSON, 1998)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Lacertinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Zagros Mountains Lacerta 
SynonymLacerta zagrosica RASTEGAR-POUYANI & NILSON 1998
Lacerta zagrosica — ANDERSON 1999
Iranolacerta zagrosica — ARNOLD et al. 2007
Lacerta (Iranolacerta) zagrosica — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Iranolacerta zagrosica — AHMADZADEH et al. 2013 
DistributionW Iran (Zagros mountains, Esfahan Province)

Type locality: 32º58'N, 50º40'E, 3 km NW Fereydin Shahr, about 140 km NW Esfahan, Zagros Mountains, Esfahan Province, Iran, 2450 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: GNM 5149 (given as GNHM, Göteborg), adult 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Lacerta zagrosica differs from other Zagros small Lacertas by having a single postnasal plate (two postnasals in other taxa). It also differs by having ten ventral plate rows (eight normal in the other species) [NILSON et al. 2003] 
CommentDistribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • 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
  • Arnold, E.N.; Arribas, O. & Carranza, S. 2007. Systematics of the Palaearctic and Oriental lizard tribe Lacertini (Squamata: Lacertidae: Lacertinae), with descriptions of eight new genera. Zootaxa 1430: 1-86 - get paper here
  • Kamali, Kamran 2020. A Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Iran. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany ( 574 pp.
  • Nilson, G.; N. Rastegar-Pouyani; E. Rastegar-Pouyani; and C. Andrén 2003. LACERTAS OF SOUTH AND CENTRAL ZAGROS MOUNTAINS, IRAN, WITH DESCRIPTION OF TWO NEW TAXA. Russ. J. Herpetol. 10 (1): - 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
  • Rastegar-Pouyani,N. & Nilson,G. 1998. A new species of Lacerta (Sauria: Lacertidae) from the Zagros mountains, Esfahan Province, West-Central Iran. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 50 (10): 267-277 - 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
  • Smith, Krister T. 2013. New constraints on the evolution of the snake clades Ungaliophiinae, Loxocemidae and Colubridae (Serpentes), with comments on the fossil history of erycine boids in North America. Zoologischer Anzeiger 252 (2): 157-182 - get paper here
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