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Higher TaxaViperidae, Viperinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Lotiev’s viper
G: Lotievs Otter
Russian: Гадюка Лотиева 
SynonymVipera lotievi NILSON et al. 1995
Vipera berus — (fide KHALIKOV, pers. comm.)
Vipera ursini renardi — (fide KHALIKOV, pers. comm.)
Vipera (Pelias) lotievi — NILSON et al. 1999: 103
Vipera lotievi — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 406
Vipera renardi lotievi — DELY & JOGER 2005
Pelias lotievi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 544
Pelias lotievi — BEKOSHVILI & DORONIN 2015
Pelias lotievi — TUNIYEV 2016
Pelias lotievi — ISKENDEROV et al. 2017
Pelias lotievi — DUNAEV & ORLOVA 2017
Pelias lotievi — TUNIYEV et al. 2019: 147 
DistributionRussia (northern slope of Caucasus), Azerbaijan

Type locality: S Russia (N Caucasus), Republic of Georgia  
TypesHolotype: ZISP (ZIL) 20309. 

Synonymy: V. lotievi is nested within V. renardi (F. Martínez-Freiría, pers. comm., 5 Sep 2019, SEH) 
EtymologyNamed after K. Yu Lotiev, a Russian herpetologist who collected the viper holotype (1986). 
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  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Dunaev E.A., Orlova V.F. 2017. Amphibians and reptiles of Russia. Atlas and determination. 2nd. ed. Moscow: Phyton XXI, 328 p
  • Iskenderov, T. M.; S. B. Akhmedov, and S. N. Bunyatova 2017. LOTIEV’S VIPER (PELIAS LOTIEVI, SERPENTES, VIPERIDAE), A SPECIES NEW TO THE FAUNA OF AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC. Zoologichesky zhurnal 96 (1): 121–124
  • Mallow, D. Ludwig, D. & Nilson, G. 2003. True Vipers: Natural History and Toxinology of Old World Vipers. Krieger, Malabar, Florida, 410 pp. [review in HR 35: 200, Reptilia 35: 74]
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. [type catalogue] Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Nilson G; Tuniyev B S; Orlov N; Hoggren M; Andren C 1995. Systematics of the vipers of the Caucasus: Polymorphism or sibling species? Asiatic Herpetological Research 6: 1-16 - get paper here
  • Nilson,G.; TUNIYEV,B.; ANDRÉN,C. & ORLOV,N. 1999. Vipers of Caucasus: Taxonomic considerations. Kaupia (Darmstadt) (8): 103-106
  • Phelps, T. 2010. Old World Vipers. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 558 pp. [critical review in Sauria 33 (3): 19 and HR 43: 503]
  • Tuniyev B.S. 2016. Rare species of shield-head vipers in the Caucasus. Nature Conservation Research 1 (3): 11–25 - get paper here
  • Tuniyev, B.; Nilson, G. & Andrén, C. 2010. A new species of viper (Reptilia, Viperidae) from the Altay and Saur Mountains, Kazakhstan. Russ. J. Herpetol. 17 (2): 110-120 - get paper here
  • Tuniyev, B.S.; N.L. Orlov, N.B. Ananjeva and A.L. Aghasyan 2019. Snakes of the Caucasus: taxonomic diversity, distribution, conservation. St. Petersburg, Moscow. KMK Scientific Press. 2019. 276 pp. - get paper here
  • Tuniyev, S. B.; N. Orlov, B. Tuniyev, A. Kidov 2013. On the Taxonomical Status of Steppe Viper from Foothills of the South Macroslope of the East Caucasus. Russ. J. Herpetol. 20 (2): 129-146 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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