Podarcis is a genus of lizards in the family Lacertidae. Its members look very similar to lizards of the genus Lacerta, to which they were considered to belong until the 1970s. While similar externally and ecologically, Podarcis form a distinct group differing from Lacerta by the construction of the skull and the hemipenis, and by the processes of the caudal vertebrae.[4] They are commonly known as wall lizards. They are native to Europe and northern Africa, and most species are restricted to the Mediterranean region. The Italian wall lizard and the common wall lizard have been introduced to North America.

Lezard des murailles (Podarcis muralis) (2682438753).jpg
Common wall lizard, Podarcis muralis
Scientific classification e
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Lacertidae
Genus: Podarcis
Wagler, 1830[1][2][3]

Species and subspeciesEdit

The genus Podarcis contains the following 24 species which are recognized as being valid.[2] A few of the many recognized subspecies are also listed here.

Nota bene: A binomial authority or trinomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species or subspecies was originally described in a genus other than Podarcis.


  1. ^ "Podarcis ". ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System). www.itis.gov.
  2. ^ a b Genus Podarcis at The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  3. ^ "Podarcis ". Dahms Tierleben. www.dahmstierleben.de.
  4. ^ Wendler, Günter Diesener ; Josef Reichholf. Hrsg. von Gunter Steinbach. Ill. von Fritz (1996). Lurche und Kriechtiere (Neue, bearb. Sonderausg. ed.). München: Mosaik-Verl. ISBN 3-576-10697-9.

Further readingEdit

  • Wagler J (1830). Natürliches System der AMPHIBIEN, mit vorangehender Classification der SÄUGTHIERE und VÖGEL. Ein Beitrag zur vergleichenden Zoologie. Munich, Stuttgart and Tübingen: J.G. Cotta. vi + 354 pp. + one plate. (Podarcis, new genus, p. 155). (in German and Latin).