Species differentiation of the rock lizard Darevskia (caucasica) complex (by DNA-barcoding data, cytochrome oxydase subunit I sequences)

  • Igor Doronin Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, 1, Universitetskaya nab., Saint Petersburg, 199164, Russian Federation
  • Daniel Melnikov Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, 1, Universitetskaya nab., Saint Petersburg, 199164, Russian Federation
  • Ekaterina Melnikova Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, 1, Universitetskaya nab., Saint Petersburg, 199164, Russian Federation


The results of molecular genetic analysis of phylogenetic relationships in Darevskia (caucasica) on the basis of COI sequences variability is presented. Two main lineages are detected: the Central and Eastern Caucasian (clades A–B — D. caucasica-D. daghestanica), and Central and Western Caucasian (clades C–D — D. alpina). A DNA-barcoding tool can be successfully used for species identification of D. alpina, D. caucasica and D. daghestanica. Refs 19. Figs 2. Tables 2.


rock lizards, Darevskia (caucasica), the Caucasus, DNA-barcoding


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Doronin, I., Melnikov, D., & Melnikova, E. (2016). Species differentiation of the rock lizard <em>Darevskia</em> (<em>caucasica</em&gt;) complex (by DNA-barcoding data, cytochrome oxydase subunit I sequences). Biological Communications, (3), 42–49. https://doi.org/10.21638/11701/spbu03.2016.308
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