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Podarcis cretensis (WETTSTEIN, 1952)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Lacertinae, Lacertini, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymLacerta erhardii cretensis WETTSTEIN 1952: 252
Lacerta muralis fusca BEDRIAGA 1878: 267
Lacerta taurica var. maculata BEDRIAGA 1881 (part)
Lacerta erhardii naxensis WERNER 1899 in WETTSTEIN 1931 (part)
Lacerta erhardii leukaorii WETTSTEIN 1952
Lacerta erhardii elaphonisii WETTSTEIN 1952
Lacerta erhardii punctigularis WETTSTEIN 1952
Lacerta erhardii schiebeli WETTSTEIN 1952
Lacerta erhardii obscura WETTSTEIN 1952
Lacerta erhardii rechingeri WETTSTEIN 1952
Lacerta erhardii werneriana WETTSTEIN 1952
Podarcis cretensis — LYMBERAKIS et al. 2008 
DistributionGreece (Crete and satellite islands)

Type locality: (as in Wettstein 1952) Kisamo Kastelli, nordwestliches Kreta.  
TypesHolotype: NMW, male (Naturhistorisches Museum in Wien) 8272; O. WETTSTEIN leg., 22. IV. 1942, (Tiedemann et al., 1994). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Differs from P. erhardii in few (<7) and discontinuous supraciliary granules. Differs from P. peloponnesiaca in smaller SVL (see Table 1 in LYMBERAKIS et al. 2008) and a combination of pholidotic characters (fewer femoral pores, fewer subdigital lamellae, and more temporal scales, see Table 3 in LYMBERAKIS et al. 2008).
CommentNote that the tables in LYMBERAKIS et al. 2008 are difficult to read as they do not explain the abbreviations and Figure 2 may also indicate clinal variation; these authors also synonymize many subspecies of P. erhardii with P. cretensis without much justification. The taxonomic conclusions therefore have to be taken with caution. 
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  • Bedriaga, J. von. 1882. Die Amphibien und Reptilien Griechenlands. Bulletin de la Société Impériale des Naturalistes de Moscou, 56:43—103. - get paper here
  • Boettger, O. 1888. Verzeichniss der von Hrn. E. von Oertzen aus Griechenland und aus Kleinasien mitgebrachten Batrachier und Reptilien. Sitzungsberichte der Königlich Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, 1888:139—186. - get paper here
  • Kwet, A. 2010. Reptilien und Amphibien Europas. Kosmos-Verlag, Stuttgart, 252 pp.
  • Kwet, Axel & Benny Trapp 2014. Reptilien in Europa – eine aktuelle Übersicht. Draco 15 (60): 6-25 - get paper here
  • Kwet, Axel & Benny Trapp 2014. Liste der Reptilien Europas. Draco 15 (60): 72-79 - get paper here
  • Lymberakis, P.; N. Poulakakis, A. Kaliontzopoulou, E. Valakos & M. Mylonas 2008. Two new species of Podarcis (Squamata; Lacertidae) from Greece. Systematics and Biodiversity 6 (3): 307–318 - get paper here
  • Spilani, Loukia;<br />Bougiouri, Katia;<br />Antoniou, Aglaia;<br />Psonis, Nikolaos;l<br />Poursanidis, Dimitris;<br />Lymberakis, Petros 2019. Multigene phylogeny, phylogeography and population structure of Podarcis cretensis species group in south Balkans. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 138, 193–204 (2019). - get paper here
  • Wettstein, O. 1952. Dreizehn neue Reptilienrassen von den Ägäischen Inseln. Anzeiger der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Klasse, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien, 89:251—256.
  • Wirth, Michael 2010. Der Mittelmeerraum – Landschaften und Herpetofauna in Südeuropa. Draco 11 (42): 4-23
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