The northern spurs of the Pontic mountains in the north-east of Turkey and the western slopes of mountain Mtirala in southwestern Georgia. 

Species:

Darevskia clarkorum  (DAREVSKY & VEDMEDERJA, 1977)

Synonyms:

Lacerta clarkorum  DAREVSKY & VEDMEDERJA, 1977

Lacerta clarkorum  FU & MURPHY, 1997

Darevskia clarkorum  ARRIBAS, 1997

Common names:

Clark’s Lizard (English)
Clark’s Felseidechse (German)

Types:

Holotype: CAS 105610.

Terra Typica:

20 km west of Borčka, Artvin province in north-eastern Turkey.


Taxonomic notes:

Etymology: Named after Richard J. Clark (b. 1935) and Erica D. Clark, American herpetologists, collectors of the holotype.


Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Darevsky, I.S. & Vedmederja, W.I. (1977) -  A new species of Rock lizard, Lacerta saxicola EVERSMANN-Group from northeastern Turkey and adjoining regions of Adjaria. -  Proceedings of the Zoological Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences, Leningrad, 74: 50-54.  

  • Schmidtler, J.F. & Heckes, U. & Bischoff, W. & Franzen, M. (2002) -  Höhenabhängige Merkmalsvariation bei Felseidechsen des Darevskia clarkorum (DAREVSKY & VEDMEDERJA, 1977) / D. dryada (DAREVSKY & TUNIYEV, 1997)-Komplexes: Ein Fall von klimaparalleler Pholidosevariation? -  Faunistische Abhandlungen Staatliches Museum für Tierkunde in Dresden, 23 (8): 141-156.    

  • Bischoff, W. (2003) -  Die Eidechsenfauna Georgiens. Teil II. Die Gattung Darevskia. -  Die Eidechse, Bonn, 14 (3): 65-93.    

  • 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.  

  • Ilgaz, C. (2007) -  The Morphology, Taxonomy, and Distribution of Specimens of Darevskia clarkorum(Sauria: Lacertidae: Darevskia) Collected from Turkey’s Eastern Black Sea Region. -  Turkish Journal of Zoology, Ankara, Turkey, 31 (4): 325-336.