Algyroides fitzingeri - Pygmi Algyroides

Algyroides fitzingeri
Adult: F / Parc de Verghello (Corsica), 08.09.2013

The distribution range of Algyroides fitzingeri is restricted to Corsica and Sardinia. It's a diminutive lizard with strongly keeled scales like a little fir cone.

In particular on Corsica, the species was formerly supposed to be rare but it seems that it just had been frequently overlooked – due to its small size and its secretive behaviour.

 

It prefers rather humid (micro-)habitats with enough shade and dense vegetation.

 

Within its distribution area, it cannot be confused with other species:

Archaeolacerta bedriagae and Podarcis tiliguerta are significantly bigger and don't have keeled scales.

 

Its closest relative is Algyroides marchi in Spain.

Algyroides fitzingeri
The distribution area of Algyroides fitzingeri is limited to Corsica and Sardinia.

Coastal macchia in southern Corsica: Habitat of Algyroides fitzingeri, Podarcis tiliguerta and Archaeolacerta bedriagae
Coastal macchia in southern Corsica: Habitat of Algyroides fitzingeri, Podarcis tiliguerta and Archaeolacerta bedriagae