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Podarcis gaigeae (WERNER, 1930)

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Higher TaxaLacertidae, Lacertinae, Lacertini, Sauria, Lacertoidea, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Skyros Wall Lizard
G: Skyros-Mauereidechse 
SynonymLacerta taurica gaigeae WERNER 1930
Lacerta erhardii weigandi GRUBER & SCHULTZE-WESTRUM 1971
Podarcis milensis weigandi — GRILLITSCH & TIEDEMANN 1984
Podarcis gaigeae weigandi — GRUBER 1986: 68
Podarcis gaigeae gaigeae — GRUBER 1986: 68
Podarcis taurica gaigeae — ENGELMANN et al 1993
Podarcis milensis gaigeae — TIEDEMANN et al. 1994: 49
Podarcis gaigeae gaigeae — CATTANEO 1999: 131
Podarcis gaigeae — POULAKAKIS et al. 2005
Podarcis erhardii weigandi — BÖHME 2014: 147
Podarcis gaigeae — KWET & TRAPP 2015
Podarcis gaigeae — PSONIS et al. 2021 
DistributionGreece (Skyros Archipelago, Northern Sporades, Piperi Island)

weigandi: Piperi Island; Type locality: Piperi Island, Northern Sporades

Type locality: Greece, Northern Sporades, Scyros Island.  
TypesHolotype: UMMZ 65544; paratypes: NMW 8306:1-9
Holotype: ZFMK 10914; Paratypes: ZFMK 10908-913 and ZFMK 10915, ZFMK 10909 and 10928, male and female, by exchange are now MTD 11749-750 [weigandi] 
CommentSynonymy: Psonis et al. 2016 suggested to synonymize P. g. gaigeae and P. g. weigandi. 
EtymologyNamed after Helen Beulah Thompson Gaige (1890-1976), American herpetologist at the University of Michigan. See Bell et al. 2021 for biographical data. 
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  • Gemel, R.; G. Gassner & S. Schweiger 2019. Katalog der Typen der Herpetologischen Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien – 2018. Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, B 121: 33–248
  • Grillitsch,H. & Tiedemann,F. 1984. Zur Herpetofauna der griechischen Inseln Kea, Spanopoula, Kithnos, Sifnos, Kitriani (Cycladen), Alonissos und Piperi (Nördliche Sporaden). Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien 86 (B): 7-28 - get paper here
  • Gruber, U. 1986. Podarcis gaigeae - Skyros-Mauereidechse. In: Böhme,W. (ed.), Handbuch der Reptilien und Amphibien Europas, Band 2/II., Echsen III (Podarcis). Aula-Verlag Wiesbaden, pp. 65-70
  • Kwet, A. 2010. Reptilien und Amphibien Europas. Kosmos-Verlag, Stuttgart, 252 pp.
  • Kwet, Axel & Benny Trapp 2014. Liste der Reptilien Europas. Draco 15 (60): 72-79 - get paper here
  • Kwet, Axel & Benny Trapp 2014. Reptilien der griechischen Ägäisinseln. Draco 15 (60): 58-65 - get paper here
  • Pafilis, P.; Meiri, S.; Sagonas, K.; Karakasi, D.; Kourelou, E.; Valakos, E.D. 2016. Body size affects digestive performance in a Mediterranean lizard. The Herpetological Journal 26 (3): 199-205 - get paper here
  • Poulakakis, N., P. Lymberakis; E. Valakos; E. Zouros and M. Mylonas 2005. Phylogenetic relationships and biogeography of Podarcis species from the Balkan Peninsula, by bayesian and maximum likelihood analyses of mitochondrial DNA sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 37 (3): 845-857 - get paper here
  • POULAKAKIS, N.; P. LYMBERAKIS; E. VALAKOS; P. PAFILIS; E. ZOUROS and M. MYLONAS 2005. Phylogeography of Balkan wall lizard (Podarcis taurica) and its relatives inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences. Molecular Ecology 14: 2433–2443 - get paper here
  • Psonis, N., Antoniou, A., Karameta, E., Darriba, D., Stamatakis, A., Lymberakis, P., & Poulakakis, N. 2021. The wall lizards of the Balkan peninsula: tackling questions at the interface of phylogenomics and population genomics. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 107121 - get paper here
  • Psonis, N., Antoniou, A., Kukushkin, O., Jablonski, D., Petrov, B., Crnobrnja – Isailović, J., Sotiropoulos, K., Gherghel, I., Lymberakis, P., Poulakakis, N. 2016. Hidden diversity in the Podarcis tauricus (Sauria, Lacertidae) species subgroup in the light of multilocus phylogeny and species delimitation. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 106: 6-17 [print version published 2017] - get paper here
  • Runemark, A. et al. 2008. Cross-species testing of 27 pre-existing microsatellites in Podarcis gaigeae and Podarcis hispanica (Squamata: Lacertidae). Molecular Ecology Resources 8: 1367–1370 - get paper here
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  • Valakos, Efstratios D.; Andriani Kourkouli, Margarita Skopeliti, Panayiotis Pafilis, Nikolaos Poulakakis, Ioannis F. Voutsas, Petros Lymberakis, Chrisi Simou, Wolfgang Voelter and Ourania E. Tsitsilonis 2007. Combining immunological and molecular data to assess phylogenetic relations of some Greek Podarcis species. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 147 (1): 1-10 - get paper here
  • Wellenreuther, M.; Runemark, A.; Svensson, E.I. & Hansson, B. 2009. Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci for the Skyros wall lizard Podarcis gaigeae (Squamata: Lacertidae). Molecular Ecology Resources, doi: 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2009.02550.x - get paper here
  • Werner,F. 1930. Contribution to the knowledge of the reptiles and amphibians of Greece, especially the Aegean islands. Occ. Pap. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan (211): 1-46 - get paper here
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