Overview

Distribution

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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Continent: Europe
Distribution: Greece (Skyros Archipelago, Northern Sporades, Piperi Island)  weigandi: Piperi Island
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

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.

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 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.

History
  • 2006
    Vulnerable
    (IUCN 2006)
  • 2006
    Vulnerable
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Population

Population
It is a common species.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
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.
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Management

Conservation Actions

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.
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Wikipedia

Skyros wall lizard

The Skyros wall lizard (Podarcis gaigeae) is a species of lizard in the Lacertidae family. It is endemic to the island of Skyros, Greece but the subspecies Podarcis gaigeae weigandi is found on the island of Piperi. The Skyros wall lizard exhibits island gigantism on small islets surrounding Skyros.[2] The Skyros wall lizard also exhibits a throat color polymorphy with six different throat color morphs that are expressed in both females and males.[3]

Its natural habitats are Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, rocky areas, and rocky shores. It is threatened by habitat loss.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lymberakis, P. (2009). "Podarcis gaigeae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Runemark, A. 2012. Island biogeography and population divergence in the Skyros wall lizard. Doctoral thesis, Lund University, Lund. http://www.lu.se/o.o.i.s?id=12588&postid=2518407
  3. ^ Runemark A., Hansson B., Pafilis P., Valakos E.D. and Svensson, E.I. 2010. Island biology and morphological divergence of the Skyros wall lizard Podarcis gaigeae: a combined role for local selection and genetic drift on color morph frequency divergence? BMC Evol. Biol. 10:269. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2148/10/269
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