Podarcis hispanicus / Spanish Wall Lizard

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  • Podarcis liolepis / Catalonian Wall Lizard

    Podarcis liolepis / Catalonian Wall Lizard

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  • Podarcis guadarramae / Guadarrama Wall Lizard

    Podarcis guadarramae / Guadarrama Wall Lizard

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  • Podarcis bocagei / Bocage's Wall Lizard

    Podarcis bocagei / Bocage's Wall Lizard

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  • E / Sierra Espuña, 30.09.2017 - The range of Podarcis hispanicus is restricted to south-eastern Spain (see map). This species is more tolerant with regard to dry and sparse habitats than other Podarcis species. In particular, in the contact zones to other species of the Podarcis hispanicus complex, this species occupies such ecological niches. This species is smaller as other Podarcis species, delicately built and can be identified by the following morphological characteristics:

    1. Vertebral line is bifurcated in the front part

    2. Light and dark dorsolateral lines are continued on the parietal plates

    3. Dorsal colouration: light brown – no green colours on the back

    The so called "Albacete-Murcia type" differs from Podarcis hispanicus with regard to mtDNA but it is morphologically identic with Podarcis hispanicus. Therefore, it is probably conspecific with Podarcis hispanicus (see below).

  • Distribution map of the Podarcis hispanicus complex (following Ferrand, Harris, Pinho (2008), slightly updated). The distribution range of Podarcis hispanicus (sensu stricto) is limited to the south-eastern part of the Iberian Peninsula.

  • E / Alicante, 24.12.2012

  • E / Tiscar (Jaén), 08.09.2015

  • E / Cartagena, 21.12.2014

    "Albacete-Murcia Type":

  • "Albacete-Murcia Type": E / Molinicos (Albacete), 30.09.2016

  • "Albacete-Murcia Type": E / Callosa de Segura (Alicante), 18.11.2016

  • "Albacete-Murcia Type", juvenile: E / Molinicos (Albacete), 05.09.2015