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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Lacertinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Crimean Wall Lizard
G: Taurische Eidechse 
SynonymLacerta taurica GEORGI 1801: 1876
Lacerta taurica PALLAS 1814: 30
Lacerta taurica — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 225
Zootoca taurica — BOULENGER 1881: 740
Podarcis taurica — BOULENGER 1920: 152
Lacerta taurica taurica — WERNER 1935: 101
Lacerta taurica thasopulae KATTINGER 1942
Podarcis taurica — KABISCH 1986: 343
Podarcis taurica thasopulae — KABISCH 1986
Podarcis taurica — ENGELMANN et al 1993
Podarcis taurica — STOEV 2000
Podarcis taurica taurica — SCHLÜTER 2003
Podarcis taurica — TRAPP 2005
Podarcis tauricus — BÖHME & KÖHLER 2005 (by implication)
Podarcis tauricus thasopulae — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Podarcis tauricus tauricus — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Podarcis tauricus — SPEYBROECK et al. 2020 
DistributionSW Ukraine (Crimea Peninsula), E/S Romania, SE Hungary, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece (Epirus, Peloponnese and Ionian Islands, Thasopoula Island), W Turkey (Thrakia and NW Anatolia), Albania, S Moldova

Type locality: The Crimea (fide Pallas 1814), but corrected to “Auf dem Taurischen Gebirge Balaklawa am Meere” (Georgi 1801)

thasopulae: Greece (Thasopoula Island, N Aegean See)  
TypesHolotype: lost (fide D. Jablonski, pers. comm. 25 Oct 2017) 
CommentSubspecies: Podarcis taurica gaigeae has been elevated to species status. Psonis et al. 2016 found that species delimitation approaches clearly support the existence of nine distinct species within the P. tauricus species subgroup. However, they did not describe these 9 species in any detail.

Synonymy: Psonis et al. 2016 suggested to synonymize P. t. tauricus and P. t. thasopulae. They also found a “P. ionicus” species complex without explicitly delineating species though.

Priority: Schmidtler 2022 shows that Georgi 1801 is the author of P. tauricus, not Pallas 1814 who redescribed it, apparently believing that Georgi’s name was a nomen nudum (which it isn’t as he provided a short description). For the publication date of Pallas 1814 (vs. 1831) see ICZN Opinion 212. 
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