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

The Bocage's wall lizard (Podarcis bocagei) is a species of lizard in the Lacertidae family. The species is endemic to the Iberian Peninsula.[2]

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]

Geographic range[edit]

P. bocagei is found in northern Portugal and northwestern Spain.[2]

Habitat[edit]

The natural habitats of Bocage's wall lizard are temperate forests, temperate shrubland, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, sandy shores, rural gardens, and urban areas. It is not considered a threatened species by the IUCN.[2]

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.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  2. ^ 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 28 July 2007.
  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).

Media related to Podarcis bocagei at Wikimedia Commons

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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