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Podarcis levendis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA REPTILIA SQUAMATA LACERTIDAE

Scientific Name: Podarcis levendis
Species Authority: Lymberakis, Poulakakis, Kaliontzopoulou, Valakos and Mylonas, 2008

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2008-12-14
Assessor(s): Petros Lymberakis
Reviewer(s): Cox, N. and Temple, H.J. (Global Reptile Assessment)
Justification:
This species is assessed as Vulnerable as it has a tiny range (it is restricted to two uninhabited islets with a total area of c.2km2). While the islets it is found on are isolated and have no significant human impacts at present, the species is likely to rapidly decline with the introduction of predators (such as cats) or through any degradation of habitat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is only found on the islets Pori and Lagouvardos, north of the island of Antikythira, between Crete and Peloponnesos (Greece).
Countries:
Native:
Greece
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Population [top]

Population: Although the population size has not been quantified, it is presumably small overall, even though the species is common on the larger of the two islets.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occupies rocky areas and Mediterranean-type shrubland (frygana). It is an egg-laying species.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no threats known to affect the species at present, but it would be highly vulnerable to introduced predators (e.g. cats), or to the introduction of goats which would severely overgraze the species' habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No specific conservation measures are in place. It is recommended that restrictions are placed on visiting the islands, to prevent the introduction of new species that might prey upon P. levendis or destroy its habitat.

Citation: Petros Lymberakis 2009. Podarcis levendis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 26 July 2014.
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