Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is endemic to the Aegean islands of Greece, where it is restricted to the Milos archipelago (Milos, Kimolos, Polyaigos and Antimilos), the Ananes archipelago, Falkonera island and Velopoula island. It ranges from sea level up to 685m asl.
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Continent: Europe
Distribution: Greece (Milos Archipelago, western Cyclades, Ananes Archipelago, Islands Falkonera and Velopoula)  adolfjordansi: Ananes Island (W of Milos)  gerakuniae: Gerakunia (= Falconera) Island
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
It can be found in open areas of traditionally cultivated land, open scrubland, sand dune systems and damp marshy coastal areas. The females lay repeated small clutches of one to three eggs.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
VU
Vulnerable

Red List Criteria
D2

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2009

Assessor/s
Petros Lymberakis

Reviewer/s
Cox, N. and Temple, H.J. (Global Reptile Assessment)

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Justification
Listed as Vulnerable because its area of occupancy is very small (probably <20 km²), and it is plausible that the species is vulnerable to stochastic events.

History
  • 2006
    Near Threatened
    (IUCN 2006)
  • 2006
    Near Threatened
  • 1996
    Vulnerable
    (Baillie and Groombridge 1996)
  • 1996
    Vulnerable
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Population

Population
It can be abundant in coastal areas.

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
This species has a very restricted range. It was threatened by overcollection of animals in the past but this is no longer considered to be a threat.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It is listed on Annex II of the Bern Convention. Its range includes a few protected areas covering part or all of the islands on which it is found.
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Wikipedia

Milos wall lizard

The Milos wall lizard (Podarcis milensis) is a small Mediterranean lizard.

The lizard's body length is no more than 6.5 cm, and the tail is twice as long. The lizard looks sturdy, and has a broad head. The male's appearance is characteristic for the species. The back is usually brown, and has a slight longitudinal line in the middle of it. Flanks, throat and the sides of the head are black with white, yellow, blue or light green spots. The belly has often black patterning. A typical female has white stripes on the edges of its back, and some distinctive spots in the throat.

The Milos wall lizard inhabits a few Aegean islands in Greece. They are Milos, Kimolos, Falkonera, Antimilos and Parapola. The species prefers cultivated lands. These lizards bask in the sun in the banks and piles of stones. They hunt in the open ground or among plants.

Subspecies:

The species is becoming rare due to habitat loss.

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