Podarcis levendis LYMBERAKIS, POULAKAKIS, KALIONTZOPOULOU, VALAKOS & MYLONAS, 2008
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Podarcis levendis?
|Higher Taxa||Lacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Podarcis levendis LYMBERAKIS, POULAKAKIS, KALIONTZOPOULOU, VALAKOS & MYLONAS 2008|
Podarcis levendis — TRAPP 2016
|Distribution||Greece (Pori island)|
Type locality: Islet Pori, 7.4 km N of the island of Antikythira, between Crete and Peloponnesos and islet Lagouvardos
(=Poreti) 3.4 km W–SW of Pori.
|Types||Holotype: NHMC 188.8.131.520, male|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: “One of the largest species of the genus along with P. peloponnesiaca. Differs from the latter in larger number of temporal scales (Table 3, Fig. 3d). Larger and more robustly built than P. cretensis (sp. nov.) and P. erhardii (Table 1). Also differs from P. cretensis (sp. nov.) in a combination of more femoral |
pores and subdigital lamellae (Table 3). Finally differs from P. erhardii in few (<7) and discontinuous supraciliary granules.” [from LYMBERAKIS et al. 2008].
|Etymology||Named in honour of the Leventis Foundation which funded NHMC research trips on the small islets of the Aegean. Moreover, ‘Leventis’ (pronounced Levéndis, which is the reason for choosing the proposed orthography) is a medieval Greek word derived from Levantes ( = East). It is an adjective meaning brave man, as were the sailors of the East Mediterranean. We consider that this relict species, which survived for at least 5 My on two small islets isolated from any similar taxon, qualiﬁes as brave [from LYMBERAKIS et al. 2008].|