A New Subspecies of the Rock Lizard Lacerta caucasica (Sauria, Lacertidae) from the South-East of Chechen Republic on the Caucasus

Ilya S. Darevsky, Evgeny S. Roytberg


A new subspecies of Lacerta caucasica (s. str.), L. c. vedenica from the northern slope of the Andiiskii Ridge (SE Chechenia) is described. This population appears to be geographically isolated from the main range of L. caucasica, but contacts the northern limits of the range of a closely related species, L. daghestanica. It differs from the other populations of L. caucasica as well as from the related species, L. daghestanica and L. alpina by a very low number of superciliary granules and superciliary scales as well as by the lack of greenish paints in the dorsal coloration.


Sauria: Lacerta; L. caucasica vedenica ssp. nov.; Caucasus

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30906/1026-2296-1999-6-3-209-214


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