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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  • Podarcis virescens / Geniez's Wall Lizard

    Podarcis virescens / Geniez's Wall Lizard

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  • Male: F / Aude, 22.06.2008

  • In Spain, there can be found 3 colour morphs of Podarcis liolepis:

    North-eastern Spain (from Valencia to Southernmost France) is populated by the nominate subspecies (Podarcis liolepis liolepis).

    In the Alicante Province there is a „green morph“: in particular males of this morph often have bright green colours.

    In Central-eastern Spain (Provinces of Cuenca and Teruel) as well as further south in the Betic mountain range, there is a third morph – the “striped morph” – which is morphologically different from the nominate subspecies: It has white undersides whereas males of the nominate subspecies often have orange undersides. At the nominate subspecies, the light dorsolateral line is broader than the dark supra-dorsolateral line whereas at the “striped morph, the supra-dorsolateral line is very broad and dark. At the nominate subspecies, the light dorsolateral line in males is often weak and interrupted but at the striped morph, also males show clear and continuous light dorsolateral lines. The broad dorsolateral line and a dark flank stripe make them often appear very dark. In combination with the light dorsolateral line, these animals appear “striped”. In particular in south of its range, the “striped morph” seems to have a preference for mountainous, forested habitats with high humidity. In contrast to this, Podarcis hispanicus, which occurs in the same area, lives in more arid areas.

    Nominate subspecies (Podarcis liolepis liolepis):

  • Männliches Tier: F / Aude, 24.05.2007

  • Male: F / Aude, 24.05.2007

  • Male, E / Valencia, 31.12.2012

  • E / Valencia, 02.01.2013

  • Female: F / Aude, 23.05.2007

    "Green morph":

  • E / Alicante, 23.12.2015

  • E / Alicante, 29.12.2011

  • Male, E / Alicante, 27.12.2011

  • Male, E / Alicante, 19.02.2009

  • Female, E / Alicante, 26.12.2011

    "striped morph":

  • E / Alto Tajo, 04.09.2014

  • E / Cazorla, 08.09.2015

  • E / Cazorla, 08.09.2015

  • E / Cazorla, 08.09.2015

  • E / Javalambre, 01.09.2015

  • Female: E / Canada del Hoyo, 08.09.2014

  • Male: E / Canada del Hoyo, 08.09.2014

  • E / Ciudad Encantada, 09.09.2014