Turkey: Anatolia. Greece: Samos, Ikaria, Rhodes and the surrounding islands. 


Anatololacerta ARNOLD et al., 2007

Species (3):

Anatololacerta anatolica  (WERNER, 1900)

Anatololacerta danfordi  (GÜNTHER, 1876)

Anatololacerta pelasgiana  (MERTENS, 1959)

Species Typica:

Anatololacerta danfordi  (GÜNTHER, 1876)

Taxonomic notes:

Recently two independent genetic studies (CANDAN et al. 2015*, BELLATI et al. 2014*) were published to the lizards of this genus. Unfortunately, both studies cover only parts of the distribution area and there were mainly different DNA segments studied. BELLATI et al. (2014*) propose considerable taxonomic changes compared to the previous classification of the genus by EISELT & SCHMIDTLER (1987). Most of this does not seem to be well founded. Therefore the concept of EISELT & SCHMIDTLER (1987) is basically maintained, but, as BELLATI et al. (2014*) suggested, the lizards from Ikaria island are placed within A. anatolica, and the remainder of lizards of the previously A. oertzeni become A. pelasgiana.


(* Early view dates)

Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Eiselt, J. & Schmidtler, J.F. (1987) -  Der Lacerta danfordi-Komplex (Reptilia: Lacertidae). -  Spixiana, München, 9 (3): 289-328.  

  • Bellati, A. & Carranza, S. & Garcia-Porta, J. & Fasola, M. & Sindaco, R. (2015) -  Cryptic diversity within the Anatololacerta species complex (Squamata: Lacertidae) in the Anatolian Peninsula: Evidence from a multi-locus approach. -  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 82 (Part A): 219-233.    

  • Candan, K. & Kankılıç, T. & Güçlü, Ö. & Kumlutaş, Y. & Durmuş, S.H. & Lymberakis, P. & Poulakakis, N. & Ilgaz, Ç. (2016) -  First assessment on the molecular phylogeny of Anatololacerta (Squamata, Lacertidae) distributed in Southern Anatolia: insights from mtDNA and nDNA markers.  -  Mitochondrial DNA Part A, 27 (3): 2285-9222.    


Anatololacerta: 221  pictures (see species level)


Anatololacerta anatolica aegaea  © 2005 Joachim Rutschke