Northeastern Spain (and isolated populations in southeastern Spain), Southern France, Columbretes Archipelago, Isla Santa Clara and Monte Urgull (San Sebastian). 


Podarcis liolepis  (BOULENGER, 1905)

Subspecies (4):

Podarcis liolepis liolepis  (BOULENGER, 1905)

Podarcis liolepis atratus  (BOSCÁ, 1916)

Podarcis liolepis cebennensis  (GENIEZ & GUILLAUME, 1986)

Podarcis liolepis sebastiani  (KLEMMER, 1964)


Lacerta oxycephala var. hispanica  STEINDACHNER, 1870

Lacerta muralis atrata  BOSCÁ, 1916

Podarcis hispanica  ENGELMANN et al, 1993

Podarcis hispanica type 3  MONTORI et al, 2005

Podarcis hispanica NE type  PINHO et al, 2008

Common names:

Catalonian Wall Lizard (English)
Katalonische Mauereidechse (German)
Lézard Catalan (French)


liolepis: Syntypes: BMNH 1946.9.1.33-35


cebennensis: Syntypes: MNHN-RA 1986.0966-0970, MNHN-RA 1986.0971-0973 and MNHN-RA 1986.0974-0977

sebastiani: Holotype: SMF 59995

Terra Typica:

liolepis: Valencia, southeast coast of Spain.

atratus: Les Ferreres, Columbretes Archipelago, Spain.

cebennensis: Mandagout, Cevennen, SW France.

sebastiani: Mt. Urgull (off San Sebastian, The Basque Country, Spain.

Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Boulenger, G.A. (1905) -  Balearic Islands -  In: “A contribution to the knowledge of the varieties of the Wall-Lizard (Lacerta muralis) in western Europe and North Africa”. - Transactions of the Zoological Society of London, 17: 369-376.     

  • Caeiro-Dias, G. & Brelsford, A. & Kaliontzopoulou, A. & Carretero, M.A. & Crochet, A. & Pinho, C. (2018) -  Drivers of reproductive isolation in Wall Lizards inferred from comparative analysis of contact zones. -  II Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology.Poster.    

  • Caeiro-Dias, G. & Luis, C. & Pinho, C. & Crochet, P.-A. & Sillero, N. & Kaliontzopoulou, A. (2018) -  Lack of congruence of genetic and niche divergence in Podarcis hispanicus complex. -  J Zool Syst Evol Res. 2018; 1–14. (early view)     


Podarcis liolepis: 150  pictures (see subspecies level)


Podarcis liolepis cebennensis  © 2022 Marvin van den Hoek