Systematics of the Podarcis hispanicus-complex (Sauria,Lacertidae) I: Redefinition, morphology and distribution of the nominotypical taxon

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Abstract:

Recent genetic works have suggested that the Iberian wall lizard Podarcis hispanicus (Steindachner, 1870) sensu lato may in fact be a species complex, yet many of its taxa have not been formally described. We redefine the nominotypical Podarcis [hispanicus] hispanicus sensu stricto using univariate and multivariate morphological analyses and pinpoint its geographical distribution. Podarcis [hispanicus] hispanicus is a small wall lizard characterized by a flattened head and body, the general lack of a masseteric shield, a striped dorsal pattern, the frequent bifurcation of the anterior part of the vertebral strip, the belly almost always white and the tail intense blue in young specimens. Its distribution is restricted to the Spanish Levant (provinces of Alicante, Murcia and Almeria).

Keywords: GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION; MORPHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS; REPTILIA; SPAIN; WALL LIZARD

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2007

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