Southwestern Georgia and Northeastern Türkiye. 

Uncertain species:

Darevskia dryada  (DAREVSKY & TUNIYEV, 1997)

Common names:

Charnali Lizard (English)


Holotype: CNR 1103 (7), now in SNP, adult male.
Paratypes: ZISP 18809, 18810.

Terra Typica:

Western Georgia, Adzharistan, khelvachaury district, gorge of Charnali River.

Taxonomic notes:

Etymology: The species is named after the mythological creature inhabiting trees associated with the Tertiary-relict forests of southern Colchis and having a pronounced arboreal mode of life.

Status of species is uncertain.

Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Darevsky, I.S. & Tuniyev, B.S. (1997) -  A new lizard species from Lacerta saxicola group - Lacerta dryada sp.nov. (Sauria, Lacertidae) and some comments relative to Lacerta clarkorum DAREVSKY et VEDMEDERJA, 1977. -  Russian Journal of Herpetology, Moscow, 4 (1): 1-7.    

  • Arribas, O. & Candan, K. & Kumlutaş, Y. & Ilgaz, Ç (2021) -  Multivariate analysis of geographic variation in Darevskia clarkorum (Darevsky & Vedmederja, 1977), correlation with geographic and climatic parameters, and true status of Darevskia dryada (Darevsky & Tuniyev, 1997) -  Zootaxa 4990 (1): 001–022.