Northeastern Turkey, northwestern Armenia, western Azerbaijan and southern Georgia. 

Species:

Darevskia armeniaca  (MÉHELY, 1909)

Synonyms:

Lacerta muralis  BOETTGER, 1893

Lacerta muralis var. chalybdea  BOULENGER, 1904

Lacerta (saxicola) armeniaca  MÉHELY, 1909

Darevskia armeniaca  ARRIBAS, 1997

Common names:

Armenian Lizard (English)
Armenische Felseidechse (German)

Types:

Holotype: SMF 12066 (formerly 6028,z)

Terra Typica:

Coast of the Lake Sevan, Armenia; “Elenowka, am Westufer des Göktshai-Sees” (fide MEHELY 1909: 549).


Taxonomic notes:

Parthenogenetic unisexual species. Comes from a cross of D. valentini (♂) and D. mixta (♀)

There are introduced populations of Darevskia armeniaca and D. dahli in the Ukraine (Zhytomyr Oblast, near the Denishi Village, Teterev Grouse).

Igor Doronin


Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Méhely, L. (1909) -  Materialien zu einer Systematik und Phylogenie der Muralis-ähnlichen Lacerten. -  Annales historico-naturales Musei nationalis hungarici, Budapest, 7: 409-621  

  • Bischoff, W. (2003) -  Die Eidechsenfauna Georgiens. Teil II. Die Gattung Darevskia. -  Die Eidechse, Bonn, 14 (3): 65-93.    

  • Ciobanu, D.G. & Grechko, V.V. & Darevsky, I.S. (2003) -  Molecular Evolution of Satellite DNA CLsat in Lizards from the Genus Darevskia (Sauria: Lacertidae): Correlation with Species Diversity. -  Russian Journal of Genetics, Moscow, 39 (11): 1292-1305.    

    Чобану Д.Г., Гречко В.В., Даревский И.С. (2003) -  Молекулярная эволюция сателлитной ДНК CLSAT ящериц рода Darevskia (Sauria: Laeertidae): корреляция с видовым разнообразием. -  Генетика, 39 (11): 1527-1541.