Iberolacerta aurelioi / Aurelio's Rock Lizard

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  • Iberolacerta aranica / Aran Rock Lizard

    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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  • F /  Ariège, 21.08.2016

    Iberolacerta aurelioi occurs exclusively in the mountains at the boarders between France, Spain and Andorra (see map). This species is adapted to high altitude mountain habitats where it lives on rocks.

    Within its distribution range, it co-occurs with Zootoca vivipara and Podarcis muralis. Zootoca vivipara frequently shows a dark vertebral line which lacks in Iberolacerta aurelioi. Furthermore, Iberolacerta aurelioi has a characteristic pointed snout. Moreover, Zootoca vivipara seems to prefer well-vegetated habits (heathland) instead of rocky areas – real syntopy should be rare.

    Podarcis muralis frequently shows a dark vertebral line which lacks in Iberolacerta aurelioi. Furthermore, it has dark-spotted, frequently orange throat, whereas Iberolacerta aurelioi has an unspotted whitish throat. It seems that during the recent years, Podarcis muralis has been occupying increasingly high altitudes. Presumably, this leads to some crowding out of Iberolacerta aurelioi.

    Iberolacerta aurelioi differs from other Pyrenean Rock Lizard species by its frequently bright yellow underside.

  • Distribution of the Pyrenean Rock lizards

  • F /  Ariège, 21.08.2016

  • F /  Ariège, 21.08.2016

  • F /  Ariège, 21.08.2016

  • F /  Ariège, 21.08.2016