Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species is found from northwestern Spain and northern Portugal, south to the River Douro. It occurs from sea level to 1,900m asl.
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Continent: Europe
Distribution: NW/WC Spain, N/W/EC Portugal (Berlenga Island, westnorth-west of Cape Carvoeiro)  bocagei: from NW Iberia (e.g. W Asturias, Cantabria, Galicia, north of Portugal) to the Portuguese region of Extremadura, north of Lisbon (Galán, 1986; Pérez-Mellado, 1986, 1997, 1998). The southern range of P. b. bocagei was re-established to near the river Douro, northern Portugal  
Type locality: La Coruña (restricted by MERTENS & MÜLLER 1928)
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species is found in open deciduous woodland and Atlantic scrubland (Taxus or Erica), on coastal sand dunes and in rural areas including villages. The females may lay two to four clutches of two to nine eggs annually.

Systems
  • Terrestrial
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2009

Assessor/s
Paulo Sá-Sousa, Valentin Pérez-Mellado, Iñigo Martínez-Solano

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

Contributor/s

Justification
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively 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.

History
  • 2006
    Least Concern
    (IUCN 2006)
  • 2006
    Least Concern
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Population

Population
It can be common in suitable habitat.

Population Trend
Stable
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Threats

Major Threats
Although the species is not significantly threatened overall, some populations may be threatened by forest fires, conifer agroforestry, degradation of coastal dune habitats, and the development of tourism facilities.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
This species is listed on Appendix III of the Bern Convention. It occurs in some protected areas.
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Wikipedia

Bocage's wall lizard

Bocage's wall lizard (Podarcis bocagei) is a species of lizard in the family Lacertidae. It is endemic to the Iberian Peninsula. The species' natural habitats are temperate forests, temperate shrubland, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, sandy shores, rural gardens, and urban areas. The IUCN does not consider it to be threatened.

Etymology[edit]

Both the specific name, bocagei, and the common name, Bocage's wall lizard, are in honor of Portuguese zoologist José Vicente Barbosa du Bocage.[3]

Description[edit]

Bocage's wall lizard grows to a snout-to-vent length of about 7 cm (2.8 in) with a tail twice as long as this, males being larger than females. It is a sturdy lizard, somewhat flattened, and resembling Carbonell's wall lizard (Podarcis carbonelli). The dorsal surface is usually grey or yellowish-brown, but is sometimes green in males, copiously speckled with rows of dark markings. The flanks may be brownish or yellowish. The underparts are white, yellow, pink or orange but there are not any of the small blue spots along the edge of the belly often present in Carbonell's wall lizard.[4]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Bocage's wall lizard is found in northern Portugal and northwestern Spain as far southwards as the River Douro. Its typical habitat is open deciduous woodland, scrubland, coastal sand dunes and cultivated areas, including in villages. [1]

Reproduction[edit]

This species is oviparous. Sexually mature females lay 2-4 clutches of eggs each year. Clutch size varies from 2 to 9 eggs.[1]

Status[edit]

Bocage's wall lizard is common in suitable habitat within its range. The population is steady and faces no specific threats and the International Union for Conservation of Nature has assessed its conservation status as being of "least concern".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sá-Sousa P, Pérez-Mellado V, Martínez-Solano I. 2005. Podarcis bocagei. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 27 September 2014.
  2. ^ The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  3. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Podarcis bocagei, p. 28).
  4. ^ Arnold, E. Nicholas; Ovenden, Denys W. (2002). Field Guide: Reptiles & Amphibians of Britain & Europe. Collins & Co. p. 152. ISBN 9780002199643. 

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Further reading[edit]

  • Engelmann W-E, Fritzsche J, Günther R, Obst FJ. 1993. Lurche und Kriechthiere Europas. Radebeul, Germany: Neumann Verlag. 440 pp. (including 324 color plates, 186 figures, 205 maps).
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