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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesPodarcis guadarramae guadarramae (BOSCÁ 1916)
Podarcis guadarramae lusitanicus GENIEZ, SÁ-SOUSA, GUILLAUME, CLUCHIER, CROCHET 2014 
Common Names 
SynonymLacerta muralis guadarramae BOSCÁ 1916
Podarcis guadarramae guadarramae — GENIEZ et al. 2014 
DistributionCW Spain (Central System mountains, including Sierras de Guadarrama, Béjar, Gredos, Peña de Francia and Gata and the smaller sierras around these main massifs, and in siliceous plains with Pinus pinaster forests north of the Central System mountains)

Type locality: village of Lozoya, Sierra de Guadarrama (province of Madrid, Spain (neotype locality), WGS84 = 40.951°N, 3.792°W.

lusitanicus: N Portugal, NW Spain; Type locality: 1 km past Âncora towards Póvoa de Varzim (south of Caminha, Portugal, district of Viana do Castelo) [41.794°N / 8.864°W], 30 m elevation. Map legend:
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TypesNeotype: MNHN 2012.0262; Original holotype, an adult male from “San Ildefonso” (= La Granja de San Ildefonso, Sierra de Guadarrama, province of Segovia, Spain), holotype by monotypy, currently lost.
Holotype: MNHN 2012.0263 (Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, formerly BEV.3987), holotype by present designation; an adult male collected in May 1985 by C.P. Guillaume, P. Geniez, U. Mathis and J. Magraner (Fig. 7). Paratypes: RMNH.RENA 35253, 35297, 35317, males from a quarry in Coto de Caza San Martin near Ardia (Spain, province of Pontevedra) [42.4553°N / 8.8744°W]; EBD.16033, female from Hío, near Cangas (Spain, province of Pontevedra) [42.271°N / 8°.830°W]; EBD.9247, 9252, males, EBD.9249- 9251, females, from Pouso da Serra, Donón (province of Pontevedra) [42.275°N / 8.847°W]; BEV.6299-6307, males, BEV.6308, female, from Vila Real (Portugal, district of Vila Real) [41.310°N / 7.839°W] [lusitanicus] 
CommentMap: Geniez et al. 2014: 8 (Fig. 2)

Diagnosis (guadarramae). This is the lineage referred to as Podarcis hispanicus “type 1B” by Pinho et al. (2006, 2007), Carretero (2008) and Kaliontzopoulou et al. (2011, 2012). A typical Iberian wall lizard of the Podarcis hispanicus complex characterized by the following features (see also Figs. 4 & 5): large proportion of black elements in body coloration; medium body size (average of adult male SVL: 53.8 mm, range 41 to 64, with 83% of adult males above 50 mm SVL, average of adult female SVL: 51.6 mm, range 43 mm to 59 mm, with 67% of adult females above 50 mm SVL); head distinctly flattened, body slender and flattened; vertebral stripe generally absent or vestigial, and then usually limited to the anterior part of the dorsum; pale dorsolateral stripes in males bright and contrasting, narrower than the dark supradorsolateral stripes, and reaching the anterior part of the tail, usually made of series of elongated whitish spots on a very pale background; many females with pale dorsolateral stripes straight and uninterrupted, without irregular pattern (called here “guadarramae striped pattern”, cf. Fig. 5B), other females with pale dorsolateral stripes fragmented in series of elongated spots like males (Fig. 5A); juveniles with similar pattern (Figs. 5E & 5F); pileus strongly spotted with black; ground color of the dorsum generally brown, rarely with green hue except in mountains (Fig. 4F), with a pale area between the two dark supra-dorsolateral bands usually moderately wide (more than 5 scales in 77% of males and 84% of females); throat normally whitish, exceptionally pink, with numerous black points especially in males; ventral face whitish, pink or salmon, sometimes brick red (never yellow or yellowish), frequently with the anterior part of the underside whitish becoming progressively reddish toward the belly (Fig. 5C), underside often white in females, infrequently so in males (Fig. 5D); marginal ventral plates, and more rarely medium and central plates, with a quadrangular or roundish, more rarely triangular, black mark; iris whitish to pale orange; masseteric shield generally small, absent in 34% of males and 43% of females; numerous longitudinal rows of dorsal scales at midbody (52 to 72 for males, average: 59.9 and 48 to 68 for females, average 57.9); large number of femoral pores (15 to 23 for males, average 18.5, 15 to 20 for females, average 17.7). Diagnostic positions in the DNA sequence of the mitochondrial NADH dehydrogenase subunit 4 (ND4) gene relative to other lineages of the P. hispanicus complex include a C at position 10888, T at position 10929, A at position 11097, A at position 11365 and A at position 11418 (positions numbered according to the P. muralis mitochondrion complete genome GenBank accession number NC_011607).

Diagnosis (lusitanicus). This is the lineage referred to as Podarcis hispanicus “type 1A” by Pinho et al. (2006, 2007), Carretero (2008) and Kaliontzopoulou et al. (2011, 2012). A typical wall lizard of moderate size (adult males 41.5 mm to 62.5 mm, mean 51.5, adult females 40.0 mm to 60.0 mm, mean 48.7), very similar to Podarcis guadarramae guadarramae (see Fig. 8) and often not safely identifiable based on present knowledge. On average has a slightly more flattened appearance with a flatter head (Fig. 9B); a lower number of femoral pores (13 to 21 for males, average 16.5, 12 to 19 for females, average 15.6) and lower number of dorsal scales (47 to 66 for males, average 56.9, 46 to 61 for females, average 53.4); “guadarramae striped pattern” rare in females, when present pale dorsolateral stripes are narrower and less obvious than in P. g. guadarramae (compare Fig. 10B with Fig. 5B), dark supradorsolateral stripes usually wider, leaving a narrower area of pale coloration in the middle of the back, in many adult males the dark supra-dorsolateral stripes can be very wide and very fragmented, invading the dorsal region, where they create a reticulated, dappled or ocellated pattern of light green, white or creamy spots on black back devoid of stripes (this pattern is typical to P. g. lusitanicus and seems to be unknown in other taxa of the Podarcis hispanicus complex, see Figs. 7 & 8B), pale spots inside the light dorsolateral stripes more contrasting and isolated as they are often positioned on a darker background, green-backed individuals not rare especially in mountains but also along the Atlantic coast. Diagnostic positions in the DNA sequence of the mitochondrial NADH dehydrogenase subunit 4 (ND4) gene relative to other lineages of the P. hispanicus complex include an A at position 10905, C at position 11395 and A at position 11448 (positions numbered according to the P. muralis mitochondrion complete genome GenBank accession number NC_011607). 
  • Băncilă, Raluca I. and Jan W. Arntzen 2016. Isolation of lizard populations measured with molecular genetic data – Podarcis guadarramae in the Ria de Arosa archipelago. Amphibia-Reptilia, DOI: 10.1163/15685381-00003066 - get paper here
  • Boscá,E. 1916. Dos observaciones a propósito de la Lacerta muralis en España. Bol. R. Soc. Española Hist. Nat. 16: 327-330. - get paper here
  • GENIEZ, PHILIPPE; PAULO SÁ-SOUSA, CLAUDE P. GUILLAUME, ALEXANDRE CLUCHIER, PIERRE-ANDRÉ CROCHET 2014. Systematics of the Podarcis hispanicus complex (Sauria, Lacertidae) III: valid nomina of the western and central Iberian forms. Zootaxa 3794: 1–51
  • Kwet, Axel 2014. Neues von den Iberischen Mauereidechsen um Podarcis hispanicus. Terraria-Elaphe 2014 (5): 56-57 - get paper here
  • Kwet, Axel & Benny Trapp 2014. Liste der Reptilien Europas. Draco 15 (60): 72-79 - get paper here
  • Ortega et al., 2014. Altitudinally divergent adult phenotypes in Iberian wall lizards are not driven by egg differences or hatchling growth rates. Oecología 177: 357-366
  • Sillero, Neftalí; Verónica Gomes 2016. Living in clusters: the local spatial segregation of a lizard community. Basic and Applied Herpetology 30: 61-75 - get paper here
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