The Northernmost Record of the Western Meadow Lizard, Darevskia pontica (Lantz et Cyrén, 1918)

S. N. Litvinchuk, D. V. Skorinov


A new record of D. pontica in the Kuban-Azov Lowland was described. This is the northernmost locality for the species. This population could be relic or recently introduced. To estimate the presumed relic origin of the population, we using GIS modeling estimated distributional range dynamics of the species since the Late Pleistocene. Currently and during the previous times, the locality had little suitable environmental conditions for a survival of the species. Therefore, we consider that the population more likely to be introduced.


Sauria; Lacertidae; GIS modeling; the Pleistocene; the Kuban-Azov Lowland; the Caucasus; introduced populations

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