Podarcis ionicus / Ionian Wall Lizard

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  • Podarcis gaigeae / Skyros Wall Lizard

    Podarcis gaigeae / Skyros Wall Lizard

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  • Podarcis milensis / Milos Wall Lizard

    Podarcis milensis / Milos Wall Lizard

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  • Podarcis erhardii / Erhard's Wall Lizard

    Podarcis erhardii / Erhard's Wall Lizard

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  • Male: GR / Zakynthos, 29.05.2017

    The distribution range of Podarcis ionicus covers southern Albania, western Greece, the Ionian Islands (Corfu, Kefalonia, Ithaka, Zakynthos) and the Peloponnese (see distribution map at Podarcis tauricus). This species was originally described by LEHRS in 1903; BOULENGER (1907) however recognized it as a subspecies of Podarcis tauricus. Anyhow, recent genetic analysis revealed, that "subspecies ionicus" should be regarded as a separate species (PSONIS et al. (2017)). Geographically, the Pindos mountain range seems to be a natural barrier between the two species. Actually, the two species are also morphologically different: Males of Podarcis tauricus have broad, dark-brownish supra-dorsolateral stripes, which in Podarcis ionicus are reduced to single dark blotches. Therefore, the back of Podarcis ionicus appears widely green while Podarcis tauricus frequently only shows a green vertebral stripe. Furthermore, Podarcis ionicus tends to have more green colouration on the flanks as Podarcis tauricus.

    Within its distribution range, Podarcis ionicus can be confused with Podarcis erhardii on the mainland. Males of Podarcis erhardii frequently have brick-red undersides, which usually are yellow or whitish, rarely light orange, in Podarcis ionicus. Furthermore, Podarcis ionicus shows bright green colors in spring, whereas Podarcis erhardii has no green coloration on the mainland. On Peloponnese, Podarcis ionicus could also be confused with Podarcis muralis and Podarcis peloponnesiacus. In contrast to Podarcis muralis, Podarcis ionicus shows bright green colors in spring. Podarcis ionicus can be distinguished from Podarcis peloponnesiacus by the bright green colors in spring and a distinct brown band between eyes and ears.

  • Female: GR / Zakynthos, 29.05.2017

  • Male: GR / Ithaka, 31.05.2017

  • Male: GR / Ithaka, 31.05.2017

  • Male: GR / Kefalonia, 29.05.2014

  • Male: GR / Feneos, 26.10.2012

  • Female: GR / Feneos, 20.10.2012

  • Male: GR / Stymphalos, 03.04.2010