Podarcis hispanicus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Lacertidae

Scientific Name: Podarcis hispanicus (Steindachner, 1870)
Common Name(s):
English Iberian Wall Lizard
Spanish Lagartija Ibérica, Lagartija Ibérica
Podarcis atrata (Boscá, 1916)
Podarcis hispanica (Steindachner, 1870)
Taxonomic Notes: The gender of the genus Podarcis has been considered to be feminine by some authors (Arnold, 2000; Lanza and Boscherini, 2000; Montori and Llorente, 2005) and masculine by others (Böhme 1997; Böhme 1998). We follow here the recent publication by Böhme and Köhler (2005) in considering the gender of Podarcis to be masculine. This taxon is a complex of at least five species (Harris et al. 2002, Harris and Sá-Sousa 2002). Part of Andalusia is inhabited by Podarcis vaucheri, which was previously treated as a subspecies of P. hispanicus, from North Africa (but which has now been found to be present in the south of the Iberian Peninsula [Harris et al. 2002]). It was elevated to species rank by Oliverio et al. (2000) and is treated as a separate species here. Podarcis atrata (Boscá, 1916) from the Columbretes and Chafarinas Islands was raised to species rank by Castilla et al. (1998a,b), but it is most likely to be conspecific with mainland animals in northeastern Iberia for which the name P. liolepis (Boulenger, 1905) has priority (Carranza et al. 2004, Crochet and Dubois 2004). We treat P. atrata within P. hispanicus, pending resolution of this complex. Podarcis hispanicus contains at least two other species that await formal description (Crochet and Dubois 2004).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2008-12-14
Assessor(s): Jose Antonio Mateo Miras, Marc Cheylan, M. Saïd Nouira, Ulrich Joger, Paulo Sá-Sousa, Valentin Pérez-Mellado, Iñigo Martínez-Solano
Reviewer(s): Cox, N. and Temple, H.J. (Global Reptile Assessment)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is present throughout most of Portugal and much of Spain (excluding parts of the south and the northwest, but including the Columbretes Islands and the Charfarinas Islands), ranging into southern France as far as the Rhone River. The species occurs from sea level up to 3,481m asl.
Countries occurrence:
France; Portugal; Spain
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):3481
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Population [top]

Population:It can be a common species in suitable habitat.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species is generally found in climbing over rocks, in overgrown areas, on stone walls, on rock outcrops in alpine meadows, in bushy vegetation and in rural buildings. The females lay one to five eggs, with several clutches produced in a season.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no major threats to this species. Habitat loss and the introduction of competitors or predators are potential threats to the subspecies Podarcis hispanica atrata, the populations of which are confined to islands.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This species is listed on Annex III of the Bern Convention, and it is presumed to be present in several protected areas.

Citation: Jose Antonio Mateo Miras, Marc Cheylan, M. Saïd Nouira, Ulrich Joger, Paulo Sá-Sousa, Valentin Pérez-Mellado, Iñigo Martínez-Solano. 2009. Podarcis hispanicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T61548A12513281. . Downloaded on 20 January 2018.
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