Reevaluation of the Status of Lacerta agilis tauridica Suchov, 1926

Svetlana A. Kalyabina-Hauf, Konstantin D. Milto, Natalia B. Ananjeva, Ulrich Joger, Tatiana I. Kotenko, Michael Wink


According to our results based on the nucleotide sequences of mitochondrial cytochrome b gene of Lacerta agilis sand lizards from Crimean mountain region turned to be genetically different from known subspecies. The Crimean sand lizards form a separate group, closely related to Lacerta agilis exigua subspecies. A comparative morphological analysis of the Crimean Lacerta agilis was conducted and revealed some differences of analyzed lizards with respect to other subspecies of the sand lizards. Both molecular and morphological data led to the conclusion about the distinct taxonomical status of the Crimean Lacerta agilis. Redescription of Lacerta agilis tauridica is given and neotype is designated.


lacertid lizards; Lacerta agilis tauridica; taxonomic status; Crime

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