Podarcis gaigeae / Skyros Wall Lizard

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    Podarcis milensis / Milos Wall Lizard

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    Podarcis erhardii / Erhard's Wall Lizard

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  • Podarcis peloponnesiacus / Peloponnese Wall Lizard

    Podarcis peloponnesiacus / Peloponnese Wall Lizard

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  • Subsp. gaigeae, male: GR / Skyros, 29.05.2012

    Podarcis gaigeae is an endemic species of Skyros including small surrounding islets and Piperi Island. For the latter one, subspecies weigandi has been descriped although this subspecies is presumably invalid. The other populations are referred to the nominate subspecies. On some rocky islets off Skyros giant forms occur but this will probably have no taxonomic consequences (see below). This species is very variable in colour and pattern. Anyhow, as it is the only small lacertid lizard within its distribution area confusion with other species is unlikely.

    The species seems to have no strong habitat preferences: it can be found in rocky areas, on sandy beaches and even within human settlements in good numbers. Podarcis gaigeae is closely related to Podarcis tauricus and Podarcis milensis.

  • Distribution range of Podarcis gaigeae

  • Subsp. gaigeae, male: GR / Skyros, 28.05.2012

  • Subsp. gaigeae, female: GR / Skyros, 28.05.2012 - uniform phase

  • Subsp. gaigeae, pair: GR / Skyros, 28.05.2012

  • Subsp. gaigeae, male: GR / Skyros / Lakonisi, 30.05.2012 - The specimen of Lakonisi are more robust than those on Skyros.

  • Subsp. gaigeae, male: Gr / Skyros / Exo Diavatis, 30.05.2012 - The lizards of Exo Diavatis tend to gigantism - they are about twice as big than on Skyros.

  • Subsp. gaigeae, female: Gr / Skyros / Exo Diavatis, 30.05.2012