The eastern part of the Hyrcanian forrest in southern Azerbaijan and northwestern Iran. 


Darevskia chlorogaster  (BOULENGER, 1908)


Lacerta boettgeri  MEHELY, 1907

Lacerta chlorogaster  BOULENGER, 1908

Lacerta mostoufii  BALOUTCH, 1976

Darevskia chlorogaster  ARRIBAS, 1997

Common names:

Green-bellied Lizard (English)


Lectotype: BMNH 1946.9.2.29. adult male, Iran, Gilan Province, Bandar-e Anzali, H.N. Rabino, designated by Ahmadzadeh et al. 2013. Measurements and scale counts of this specimen are in accordance with the one illustrated in the original description. Paralectotypes. The remaining syntypes are consequently designated paralectotypes. 2 males: same locality data as lectoype, R.B. Woosnam (BMNH 1946.9.1.87–88); 5 males, 1 female: same data as lectotype (BMNH 1946.9.2.28, 1946.9.2.30–33), 1 skeleton, same data as lectotype (BMNH 1946.9.2.34). Holotype: Teheran museum, MMTT 1582 (apparently lost fide Arnold 2007); a paratype in the Paris Museum is a Darevskia praticola praticola (In den Bosch, 1999) [mostoufi]

Terra Typica:

NW Iran; lectotype locality: Iran, Gilan Province, Bandar-e Anzali.

Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Boulenger, G.A. (1908) -  Description of a new species of Lacerta from Persia. -  Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1908: 934-936.  

  • Ciobanu, D.G. & Grechko, V.V. & Darevsky, I.S. (2003) -  Molecular Evolution of Satellite DNA CLsat in Lizards from the Genus Darevskia (Sauria: Lacertidae): Correlation with Species Diversity. -  Russian Journal of Genetics, Moscow, 39 (11): 1292-1305.    

    Чобану Д.Г., Гречко В.В., Даревский И.С. (2003) -  Молекулярная эволюция сателлитной ДНК CLSAT ящериц рода Darevskia (Sauria: Laeertidae): корреляция с видовым разнообразием. -  Генетика, 39 (11): 1527-1541.  

  • Ahmadzadeh, F. & Flecks, M. & Carretero, M.A. & Mozaffari, O. & Böhme, W. & Harris, D.J. & Freitas, S. & Rödder, D. (2013) -  Cryptic speciation patterns in Iranian Rock Lizards uncovered by integrative taxonomy. -  PLoS ONE 8 (12): e80563.