Hellenolacerta graeca


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Hellenolacerta graeca
Species Authority: (Bedriaga, 1886)
Common Name(s):
English Greek Rock Lizard
Lacerta graeca Bedriaga, 1886
Lacerta graeca Bedriaga, 1886

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2008-12-14
Assessor(s): Wolfgang Böhme, Petros Lymberakis
Reviewer(s): Cox, N. and Temple, H.J. (Global Reptile Assessment)
Listed as Near Threatened because its Extent of Occurrence is probably not much greater than 20,000km2, and the extent and quality of its habitat is declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.
2006 Near Threatened (IUCN 2006)
2006 Near Threatened

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the Peloponnese region of southern Greece. It ranges from sea level up to 1,600m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: It can be a locally common species in appropriate high humidity habitats, although the populations are usually small. This species has not been surveyed since the Peloponnese fires in 2007 but it may have been affected.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is generally found close to water sources, or humid areas, in upland and coastal regions. Animals may be found in shaded parts of rocky areas, scree and light, open woodland. It can also be found on the tree-lined edges of pastureland. The females lay a single clutch of one to six eggs annually.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Wildfire and human-caused fires can be a threat to the species' habitat. It is not known to be in the pet trade. Planting of eucalyptus trees is affecting the species' habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is listed on Annex II of the Bern Convention. Its range includes a few protected areas.

Citation: Wolfgang Böhme, Petros Lymberakis 2009. Hellenolacerta graeca. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 01 April 2015.
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