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Podarcis vaucheri (BOULENGER, 1905)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Lacertinae, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesG: Südiberische Mauereidechse, Maghreb-Mauereidechse 
SynonymLacerta muralis var. vaucheri BOULENGER 1905
Podarcis muralis var. vaucheri — BOULENGER 1920: 261
Lacerta (Podarcis) bocagei vaucheri MERTENS & MÜLLER 1940
Lacerta hispanica vaucheri KLEMMER 1959
Podarcis hispanica "vaucheri" ARNOLD 1973
Podarcis hispanica vaucheri — MALKMUS 1983
Podarcis hispanica vaucheri — SALVADOR 1986: 77
Podarcis hispanica vaucheri — MALKMUS 1995
Podarcis vaucheri — OLIVERIO et al. 2000
Podarcis vaucheri — HARRIS et al. 2002
Podarcis vaucheri — BUSACK et al. 2005
Podarcis hispanica vaucheri — ROUAG & BENYCOUB 2006
Podarcis vaucheri — PEREIRA et al. 2019 
DistributionS Spain, Morocco (in the Haut Atlas up to 3100 m elevation), Portugal (Malkmus 1995), NW Algeria, Tunisia (Salvador 1986: 77)

Type locality: Tanger, North-West Africa.  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH (presumed, status unclear fide P. Campbell, pers. comm., March 2019). 
CommentIllustration of P. h. vaucheri in Schlüter (2004).

At present three mitochondrial lineages of this species are known: two in southern Spain and another inhabiting Morocco and Western Algeria (Kaliontzopoulou et al. 2011). Notice that the rest of the North African range of the genus (NE Algeria, Tunisia and a small isolate in the High Atlas in Morocco) is still maintained under P. hispanica, since they represent a separate phylogenetic clade (Kaliontzopoulou et al. 2011) and elevation to the species level by Busack et al. 2005 only included the Moroccan and Spanish populations.

Type: not in BMNH (P. Campbell, pers. comm., 7 July 2014).

Distribution: see map in Caeiro-Dias et al. 2018. 
EtymologyNamed after Henri Vaucher (1856-1910), a Swiss botanist who worked in Morocco (1879-1910). 
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