Comparative skeletal osteology of Darevskia parvula (Lantz & Cyren, 1913) and Darevskia adjarica (Darevsky & Eiselt, 1980) (Squamata: Lacertidae)

Elif Yıldırım, Oscar Arrıbas, Yusuf Kumlutaş, Çetin Ilgaz


A detailed description of cranial and postcranial osteology of Darevskia parvula and D. adjarica is provided osteological data for further comparative studies of other lizards.  The descriptions and comparisons are based on 12 specimens, of which 10 adult and 2 juveniles for each species.  Darevskia parvula and D. adjarica are highly conservative species and they have similar osteological features.  The differences in the current study are the number of teeth for the cranial skeleton and the number of vertebrae for the postcranial.  Darevskia parvula has a lower number of teeth than D. adjarica.

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