Anatololacerta anatolica - Anatolian Rock Lizard

Anatololacerta anatolica
Subsp. aegaea, adult: GR / Manolates (Samos), 09.09.2009

In Asia Minor, the European genus Podarcis is replaced by the genus Anatololacerta. In our area, these lizards occur on some Greek islands, only.

Anatololacerta anatolica is present on Samos (subspecies aegaea) and on Ikaria (subspecies oertzeni).

 

On Samos, Anatololacerta anatolica seems to be rather rare. It seems to prefer sufficiently humid habitats – this can even be vegetable gardens in villages.

 

Ophisops elegans, which also occurs on Samos and Ikaria differs from Anatololacerta anatolica by its fixed eyelid and a very rough appearance of its scales.

 

Juveniles of Lacerta trilineata (present on Samos) frequently show a distinct light vertebral line which lacks in Anatololacerta anatolica.

Anatololacerta anatolica
The European distribution range of Anatololacerta anatolica is limited to the Greek islands of Samos and Ikaria.

Anatololacerta anatolica
Habitat of Anatololacerta anatolica on northern Samos.