Western Armenia, South Georgia and northeastern Turkey (region of Kars). 


Darevskia raddei nairensis  DAREVSKI, 1967


Lacerta saxicola nairensis  DAREVSKY, 1967

Lacerta raddei nairensis  UZZELL & DAREVSKY, 1973

Lacerta nairensis  DAREVSKY, 1992

Archaeolacerta (Caucasilacerta) nairensis  SINDACO et al., 2000

Darevskia (raddei) nairensis  ARNOLD et al., 2007

Lacerta (Darevskia) nairensis  SINDACO & JEREMČENKO, 2008

Darevskia nairensis  ARAKELYAN et al., 2011


Holotype: ZISP = ZIN 17941, male (Zool. Inst., St. Petersburg).

Terra Typica:

Vicinity of Lchashen village, shore of Lake Sevan in Armenia.

Taxonomic notes:

Etymology: Name derived from the “Nairi”, an ancient name of Armenia.

Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Darevsky, I.S. (1967) -  Description Darevskia alpina. -  In: “Rock lizards of the Caucasus: Systematics, ecology and phylogenesis of the polymorphic groups of Caucasian rock lizards of the the subgenus Archaeolacerta”: Indian Natural Sciences Documentation Center, New Delhi. 276 pp.   

  • Petrosyan, R. & Arakelyan, M. (2013) -  Comparative analysis of two close related forms of lizard Darevskia “raddei” and D. “nairensis”.  -  In: Žagar, A. (ed.): Abstracts of the 8th International Symposium on the Lacertids of the Mediterranean Basin, 03 - 06 June 2013, Koper, Slovenia: 45.     

  • Freitas, S. & Rocha, S. & Campos, J. & Ahmadzadeh, F. & Corti, C. & Sillero, N. & Ilgaz, C. & Kumlutaş, Y. & Arakelyan, M. & Harris, D.J. & Carretero, M.A. (2016) -  Parthenogenesis through the ice ages: A biogeographic analysis of Caucasian rock lizards (genus Darevskia). -  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 102: 117–127.