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Darevskia tuniyevi ARRIBAS, CANDAN, KURNAZ, KUMLUTAS, CAYNAK & ILGAZ, 2022

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Lacertinae, Lacertini, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymDarevskia tuniyevi ARRIBAS, CANDAN, KURNAZ, KUMLUTAS, CAYNAK & ILGAZ 2022 
DistributionTurkey

Type locality: Pırnallı, Artvin, TURKEY  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: ZDEU 3/2020, adult male collected by Muammer Kurnaz on 11 September 2020. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium-small sized Darevskia, morphologically very similar to D. parvula (cryptic species, are not sister taxa), characterised by greater values of submaxyllary type (SBMXTyp) (nearly half of the specimens attributed to D. tuniyevi sp. nov. have submaxillary scales of types characteristic of D. adjarica and the other half are similar to D. parvula), greater ventralia (TVP), greater number of temporal scales among masseteric and tympanic (TS1), higher dorsalia (DS), greater number of 4th digit subdigital lamellae (SDL), and smaller values for ventral side tight scales (LS). Also, slightly longer pilei (PLI). See the “Comparison among species” section below and Table S2 for detailed diferences. Genetically it is reciprocally monophyletic in respect to the other two D. parvula group species (D. parvula and D. adjarica). (ARRIBAS et al. 2022) 
Comment 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Boris S. Tuniyev, for his remarkable work about the knowledge of Caucasian herpetofauna and its remarkable diversity. 
References
  • Arribas, Oscar; Kamil Candan, Muammer Kurnaz, Yusuf Kumlutaş, Elif Yıldırım Caynak, Çetin Ilgaz 2022. A new cryptic species of the Darevskia parvula group from NE Anatolia (Squamata, Lacertidae). Organisms Diversity & Evolution - get paper here
 
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