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Podarcis levendis LYMBERAKIS, POULAKAKIS, KALIONTZOPOULOU, VALAKOS & MYLONAS, 2008

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymPodarcis levendis LYMBERAKIS, POULAKAKIS, KALIONTZOPOULOU, VALAKOS & MYLONAS 2008
Podarcis levendis — TRAPP 2016 
DistributionGreece (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.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: NHMC 80.3.51.830, male 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: “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]. 
Comment 
EtymologyNamed 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]. 
References
  • 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
  • OEFINGER, B. & P. OEFINGER 2011. Exkursion zu den Eidechsen von Pori (Griechenland) - Podarcis levendis Die Eidechse 22 (3):65-70.
  • Trapp, Benny 2016. Die Herpetofauna der griechischen Inseln. Terraria-Elaphe 2016 (4): 14-25 - get paper here
 
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