Podarcis gaigeae 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Lacertidae

Scientific Name: Podarcis gaigeae (Werner, 1930)
Common Name(s):
English Skyros Wall Lizard
Lacerta taurica gaigeae Werner, 1930
Podarcis erhardii ssp. gaigeae (Werner, 1930)
Podarcis milensis ssp. gaigeae (Werner, 1930)
Podarcis taurica ssp. gaigeae (Werner, 1930)
Taxonomic Notes: This taxon was raised to species rank by Gruber (1986), with two subspecies, gaigeae and weiglandi (Grube and Schultze-Westrum 1971). Although this status was not recognized by Gasc et al. (1997), it is supported by additional genetic results (Harris and Arnold 1999).

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)
Listed as Vulnerable because it has a very small area of occupancy (probably <20 km2), it is known from fewer than five locations, and it is plausible that it could be highly threatened by introduction of predators to its range.
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Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to Greece where it occurs in the Skyros archipelago and on Piperi Island in the northern Sporades Islands of the Aegean Sea. It is a lowland species.
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Population [top]

Population:It is a common species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is found in bushy vegetation or bare areas on some of the smaller islands. It is an egg-laying species. On some small islands cases of gigantism in this species have been recorded.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although the species has a restricted range there appear to be no major threats at present. It is possible that the potential introduction of predators could threaten populations on some of the smaller islands. Human-caused fires (and wildfires) are an additional threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Its range is effectively protected on Piperi island, as there is a Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus) population present, and access to the island is restricted.

Citation: Petros Lymberakis. 2009. Podarcis gaigeae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T61547A12513064. . Downloaded on 21 September 2018.
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