Podarcis pityusensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Podarcis pityusensis
Species Authority: (Boscá, 1883)
Common Name(s):
English Ibiza Wall Lizard
French Lézard Des Pityuses
Spanish Lagartija de las Pitiusas, Lagartija De Las Pitiusas

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2008-12-14
Assessor(s): Valentin Pérez-Mellado, Iñigo Martínez-Solano
Reviewer(s): Cox, N. and Temple, H.J. (Global Reptile Assessment)
Listed as Near Threatened because although the species appears not to be in overall decline, its Extent of Occurrence is much less than 5,000 km2, and there are potential future threats, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
2006 Near Threatened (IUCN 2006)
2006 Near Threatened
1996 Vulnerable
1994 Rare (Groombridge 1994)
1990 Rare (IUCN 1990)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the islands of Ibiza and Formentera, and nearby rocky islets, in the Balearic Islands of Spain. It is known from 42 different populations. It has been introduced to Muella de Palma (Mallorca), Barcelona (where now extinct), Aleria town (southern Spain) and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (northern Spain). It ranges from sea level up to 475 m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: It can be common, especially on small islets. A few populations are declining, but overall it is stable.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is largely found in vegetated areas, such as cultivated land and gardens, close to and around human habitation. It also occurs in rocky areas, especially in coastal regions. The females lay between one and four eggs.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): In general there are no major threats to this species. A number of islet populations are threatened by disturbance by visitors, introduction of cats and rats to the islands, and accidental poisoning with bait left for seagulls.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is listed on Annex II of the Bern Convention and on Appendix II of CITES. A public education programme is in place with posters on the small islands. It occurs in some protected areas.

Citation: Valentin Pérez-Mellado, Iñigo Martínez-Solano 2009. Podarcis pityusensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 02 April 2015.
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