Podarcis melisellensis has been named after "Melisello" - the former name of Brusnik, a small islet in the Croatian Vis Archipelago -, as the initial description of this species referred to this islet's lizards.
Actually, the Dalmatian Wall Lizard can be found along the Adriatic Coast and numerous islands from north-eastern Italy (Triest area) to northern Albania.
Podarcis melisellensis lives on karstified rocks as well as on meadows or scrubs and, in the southern part of its range, even in forests.
The nominate subspecies lives on Vis Archipelago whereas all other populations are currently referred to subspecies fiumanus.
It may co-occur with the following species: