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Anguis fragilis
Anguis fragilis
Anguis fragilis
Anguis fragilis
Anguis colchica
Anguis colchica

Accepted name: Anguis colchica Nordmann, 1840
Common name: Caucasian Slow Worm
Georgian name: ბოხმეჭა
Synonyms: = Otophis eryx var. colchica NORDMANN, 1840 = Anguis incerta KRYNICKI, 1837 = Anguis fragalis var. colchica — WERNER, 1903 = Anguis fragilis colchicus — ROITBERG et al. 2000 = Anguis fragilis colchicus — BISCHOFF 2002 = Anguis fragilis colchica — RAZZETTI et al. in ZUFFI 2006 = Anguis fragilis colchicus — SOS 2007 = Anguis fragilis colchicus — RASTEGAR-POUYANI et al. 2008
Taxonomic rank: Species
Taxonomy according to: http://reptile-database.reptarium.cz/species?genus=Anguis&species=colchica
Reference: Gvoždík, Václav; David Jandzik, Petros Lymberakis, Daniel Jablonski, Jiří Moravec 2010. Slow worm, Anguis fragilis (Reptilia: Anguidae) as a species complex: Genetic structure reveals deep divergences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 55 (2): 460-472
Remark:

Until recently, the Caucasian population of slow worm was considered as a subspecies of Anguis fragilis, a species widespread in Western Eurasia. The species is found all over Georgia, except arid landscapers along riv. Mtkvari and its tributaries. Is a typical forest species, although occurs in uplands and humid lowlands in the west of the country.


Distribution: Caucasus
IUCN Status: NE
National Red list status: LC
Editor/Contact Person: David Tarkhnishvili
Contact address: david_tarkhnishvili@iliauni.edu.ge
Bibliography:

Tarkhnishvili, D., A. Kandaurov & A. Bukhnikashvili, 2002. Declines of amphibians and reptiles in Georgia during the 20th century: virtual vs. actual problems. Zeitschrift fur Feldherpetologie 9: 89-107.

Gvoždík, Václav; David Jandzik, Petros Lymberakis, Daniel Jablonski, Jiří Moravec 2010. Slow worm, Anguis fragilis (Reptilia: Anguidae) as a species complex: Genetic structure reveals deep divergences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 55 (2): 460-472 


Citation: David Tarkhnishvili, 2016-09-25. [http://www.biodiversity-georgia.net/index.php?taxon=Anguis colchica]. .Anguis colchica. in: Tarkhnishvili D, Chaladze G (Editors). 2013. Georgian biodiversity database. http://www.biodiversity-georgia.net/. Downloaded on: 11 December 2017