Podarcis pityusensis - Ibiza Wall Lizard

Podarcis pityusensis
Male: E / San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (Bilbao), introduced, 13.09.2011

The Ibiza Wall Lizard is an endemic species of Ibiza and Formentera, including the numerous satellite islands. Unlike its relative, Podarcis lilfordi, this species seems to be flexible and opportunistic. Hence, there are vital introduced populations on Mallorca, in the city of Barcelona and even at the Northern Spanish Atlantic coast.

 

Fore the populations of the several islets, more than 20 subspecies have been described. However, taxonomic revision seems to be required. Regardless of this, some of the various colour morphs are quite iconic.

 

As it is the only Wall Lizard on Ibiza and Formentera, it cannot be confused with other species.

Podarcis pityusensis
The distribution area of Podarcis pityusensis covers Ibiza and Formentera. Introduced populations exist on Mallorca, in Barcelona and Northern Spain.

Podarcis pityusensis
Male: E / Palma de Mallorca (introduced), 15.03.2014
Podarcis pityusensis
E / Ses Illetes (Mallorca), introduced, 17.03.2014 - In suitable habitats, these lizards may occur in high numbers.
Podarcis pityusensis
Habitat of introduced Podarcis pityusensis at Ses Illetes (Southern Mallorca).