Funding for this research was provided by:
Russian Science Foundation (19-14-00083)
Российский Фонд Фундаментальных Исследований (РФФИ) (17-00-00430 (17-00-00426))
Center for Collective Use, Institute of Gene Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences (GK-02.451.11.7060)
Received: 26 November 2019
Accepted: 28 April 2020
First Online: 11 May 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Our study relied mostly on previously collected samples. Thus, permission to collect the DNA samples used in this study was not required. We used tail-tips of lizards preserved as museum specimens at Yerevan State University, which were collected in 2001–2005 with capture permit Code 5/22.1/51043 issued by the Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia for scientific studies. We also used blood samples of lizards, collected in 2018 and then these lizards were released in the site of collection, which precluded needing a collecting permit. Sampling was approved by the ethical guidelines of Yerevan State University and did not harm the lizards. The study was carried out in strict accordance with the guidelines and scientific standards. The study was approved by the Ethics Committee of Moscow State University (Permit Number: 24–01) and was carried out in strict accordance with their ethical principles and scientific standards.
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.