Iberolacerta aranica / Aran Rock Lizard

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  • Iberolacerta bonnali / Pyrenean Rock Lizard

    Iberolacerta bonnali / Pyrenean Rock Lizard

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  • Iberolacerta horvathi / Horvath's Rock Lizard

    Iberolacerta horvathi / Horvath's Rock Lizard

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  • Hellenolacerta graeca / Greek Rock Lizard

    Hellenolacerta graeca / Greek Rock Lizard

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    The distribution range of Iberolacerta aranica is limited to the Val d’Aran area and the adjoining French border (see distribution map at Iberolacerta aurelioi). Although Iberolacerta aranica is a specialized high altitude mountain species, which lives on rocks and boulders, these lizards can be found foraging in grass and heathlands. In suitable habitats, they can occur in remarkable densities and high numbers.

    Within its distribution range, this species co-occurs with Zootoca vivipara and presumably Podarcis muralis. Iberolacerta aranica differs from these species by the characteristic three big masseteric plates. Zootoca vivipara frequently shows a dark vertebral line which lacks in Iberolacerta aranica. Furthermore, Iberolacerta aranica has a characteristic pointed snout.

    Podarcis muralis frequently shows a dark vertebral line which lacks in Iberolacerta aranica. Furthermore, it has dark-spotted, frequently orange throat, whereas Iberolacerta aranica has an unspotted whitish throat.

    Iberolacerta aranica differs from other Pyrenean Rock Lizard species by the characteristic three big masseteric scales.

  • E / Val d'Aran, 23.08.2016

  • E / Val d'Aran, 23.08.2016

  • E / Val d'Aran, 23.08.2016

  • E / Val d'Aran, 23.08.2016

  • E / Val d'Aran, 23.08.2016

  • E / Val d'Aran, 23.08.2016