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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Lacertinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesLacerta media ciliciensis SCHMIDTLER 1975
Lacerta media isaurica SCHMIDTLER 1975
Lacerta media israelica PETERS 1964
Lacerta media media LANTZ & CYRÉN 1920
Lacerta media wolterstorffi MERTENS 1922 
Common NamesG: Östliche Riesensmaragdeidechse
Russian: Cредняя ящерица 
SynonymLacerta viridis media LANTZ & CYRÉN 1920
Lacerta trilineata media MÜLLER 1939
Lacerta media — SUCHOW 1948
Lacerta viridis KHALAF 1961
Lacerta media media SCHMIDTLER 1986
Lacerta trilineata media LANTZ & CYREN 1920 (fide KHALIKOV, pers. comm)
Lacerta trilineata media — ENGELMANN et al. (1993)
Lacerta media — FU & MURPHY 1997
Lacerta media — ANDERSON 1999: 237
Lacerta media — ŠMÍD et al. 2014
Lacerta media — MEIRI et al. 2019

Lacerta media media LANTZ & CYRÉN 1920
Lacerta media media — ANDERSON 1999: 237
Lacerta media media — ROITBERG et al. 2000
Lacerta media media — BISCHOFF 2003
Lacerta media — DAMHOUREYEH et al. 2009

Lacerta media ciliciensis SCHMIDTLER 1975
Lacerta media ciliciensis — SAGONAS et al. 2014
Lacerta trilineata ciliciensis — GEMEL et al. 2019

Lacerta media isaurica SCHMIDTLER 1975
Lacerta trilineata isaurica SCHMIDTLER 1975: 59
Lacerta trilineata isaurica — NETTMANN & RYKENA 1984: 108
Lacerta media isaurica — MAYER 2015

Lacerta media israelica PETERS 1964
Lacerta trilineata israelica PETERS 1964
Lacerta trilineata israelica — ESTERBAUER 1985
Lacerta media israelica — BAUER & GÜNTHER 1995
Lacerta media israelica — DISI et al. 2004
Lacerta media israelica — ESTERBAUER 2005
Lacerta trilineata israelica — AL-QURAN 2009

Lacerta media wolterstorffi MERTENS 1922
Lacerta strigata wolterstorffi MERTENS 1922
Lacerta major wolterstorffi — MÜLLER 1935
Lacerta trilineata wolterstorffi — BERGER-DELL’MOUR 1986
Lacerta media wolterstorffi — BISCHOFF 2005
Lacerta media wolterstorffi — BISCHOFF 2007 
DistributionN/E Republic of Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, NW Iran, E Turkey (eastern southcoast and adjacent regions, eastern Central Anatolia, Hatay, south of Asi Nehri River [Orontes]), N Israel, NW Jordan, NW Syria, Lebanon, S Russia (Dagestan, Krasnodar region)

isaurica: CS Turkey

israelica: Syria, Israel, Jordan

ciliciensis: SE Turkey; Type locality: “15 km N Kozan, Prov. Adana, Türkei”

wolterstorffi: extreme SE Turkey, Lebanon, Syria (Golan)

meida: Iran, etc.; Type locality: restricted to Tiflis (MERTENS & MÜLLER 1940).  
TypesLectotype: ZISP 12387, designated by Doronin & Doronina 2019); Syntypes: BMNH 1960.1.4.38, BMNH 1960.1.4.25, 1966.512, ZISP, NMG - National Museum of Georgia, named after Simon Janash (previously Caucasus Museum) (Doronin & Doronina 2019)
Holotype: ZSM 89/1972/1, juvenile male, 15 km N Kozan, Prov. Adana, collected by J. J. & J. F. Schmidtler on 01.04.1972. Paratypes: ZSM 89/1972/2, juvenile, same data as holotype; ZSM 90/1972, male, Prov. Mersin: S Gülek, collected by J. J. & J. F. Schmidtler on 02.04. 1972 [ciliciensis]
Holotype: NMW 20328:3 [isaurica]
Holotype: SMF 13244 [wolterstorffi]
Holotype: TAU (ZI Tel Aviv) R 990, Jerusalem,Ieg.4.06.1952 [israelica] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Ventral plates trapezoidal, with notches be- tween plates, in 6 longitudinal rows; enlarged marginals lacking or few in number; collar strongly serrated; usually 2 superposed postnasals; one or two preoculars (Fig. 114); usually 20-26 temporal scales; fifth submaxillary small; 12-16 femoral pores, row ofpores not reaching knee (Anderson 1999: 237).

Color pattern: Young dark olive-brown, with 5 light lines on dorsum, anterior half of lateral streak broken up into spots, often additional row of light spots in temporal region; adults without pattern oflight lines or spots; dorsum predominantly green to olive-brown, uniform or speckled, mottled, or flecked with black. All adults with blue on sides of neck. Venter greenish-white to greenish-yellow. Three-year-old and older males with blue flecks or bands on flanks (Anderson 1999: 237). 
CommentDistribution: See map in SMID et al. 2014 for distribution in Iran. See Bar et al. 2021 for a map. 
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