New Finds of the Racerunner of Eremias multiocellata Complex in Kazakhstan

Tatjana N. Dujsebayeva, M. A. Chirikova, O. V. Belyalov


New finds of the lizards of Eremias multiocellata complex became known for extreme southeast of Kazakhstan. In 2006 – 2007 we recorded the lizards in the mountain valleys of Kegen and Tekes Rivers crossing an intermountain depression located between Ketmen’ and Terskey-Alatau ranges at altitude 1850 – 1950 m a.s.l. Morphological analysis revealed the reliable differences of the specimens collected from other species of multiocellata complex inhabited the close areas — E. stummeri from Issyk-Kul’ Depression and E. kokshaaliensis from Sary-Dzhaz River Basin of Kyrgyzstan. Morphological peculiarity of the populations recorded may be caused by their isolative position in extreme southeast of Kazakhstan and needs future elucidation.


Reptilia; Squamata; Eremias multiocellata complex; distribution; habitats; morphology

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