Contribution to the Knowledge of Iranolacerta brandtii De Filippi 1863 (Sauria: Lacertidae) from the Northwest of Iran

Elham Rezazadeh, Bahram Hassanzadeh Kiabi, Faraham Ahmadzadeh

Abstract


According to recent revision of Lacertidae family by Arnold et al. (2007), two species of Iranolacerta genus are found in Iran: Iranolacerta brandtii and Iranolacerta zagrosica. Both species have limited range of distribution and unknown biological and ecological status. Therefore, in this study a total of 25 Iranolacerta brandtii specimens (10 males, 13 females, and 2 juveniles) were collected from northwest of Iran. First, based on the morphological features including coloration pattern, morphometric measurements and pholidosis characters the species was studied. Then, habitat features and new distribution localities were documented. For the first time, some reproductive aspects, such as clutch size, follicles number, testis length and color are reported. Feeding ecology of this species was investigated through analysis of stomach contents.


Keywords


Iranolacerta brandtii; morphological features; feeding; reproduction; habitat features; Iran

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