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Darevskia portschinskii (KESSLER, 1878)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Lacertinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesDarevskia portschinskii nigrita (BAKRADZE 1976)
Darevskia portschinskii portschinskii (KESSLER 1878) 
Common NamesG: Kuriner Eidechse, Kura-Felseidechse 
SynonymLacerta portschinskii KESSLER 1878
Lacerta muralis var. depressa BOETTGER 1899
Lacerta muralis var. portschinskii — BOULENGER 1904
Lacerta saxicola var. portschinskii — NIKOLSKY 1913
Lacerta saxicola var. chalybdea MEHELY 1909
Podarcis muralis var. portschinskii — BOULENGER 1920: 286
Lacerta saxicola portschinskii — DAREVSKY 1957: 37
Lacerta (Zootoca) p. portschinskii — BISCHOFF 1978
Lacerta portschinskii — ENGELMANN et al 1993
Lacerta portschinskii — FU & MURPHY 1997
Darevskia portschinskii — ARRIBAS 1997
Lacerta portschinskii — FU, MURPHY & DAREVSKY 2000
Darevskia portschinskii — MURPHY et al. 2000
Lacerta portschinskii — SZCZERBAK 2003
Darevskia portschinskii — ARNOLD et al. 2007
Lacerta (Darevskia) portschinskii — SINDACO & JEREMČENKO 2008
Darevskia portchinski — AMAT-ORIOLS 2011 [in error]

Darevskia portschinskii nigrita (BAKRADZE 1976)
Lacerta portschinskii nigrita BAKRADZE 1976
Darevskia portschinskii nigrita — ANANJEVA et al. 2006: 87
Darevskia portschinskii nigrita — MAYER 2013: 88
Darevskia portschinskii nigrita — DORONIN 2013 
DistributionE Republic of Georgia, SE Republic of Georgia, Armenia, S Azerbaijan

nigrita: S Republic of Georgia, N Armenia; Type locality: vicinity of Village Dmanisi (Дманиси), Kvemo Kartli Region, Georgia.

Type locality: Tbilisi (= Tiflis), Republic of Georgia  
Reproductionoviparous; sexually reproducing species. 
TypesHolotype: unlocated, originally stored at St. Petersburg University (fide I. Doronin).
Holotype: ZISP 18604, Coll. M.A. Bakradze [nigrita] 
CommentSynonymy partly after KHALIKOV & ANANJEVA (pers. comm.) 
EtymologyNamed after Professor Josef Aloizievitsch Portschinski (1848-1916), a Russian entomologist. 
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