Spain / Canary Islands / El Hierro, La Gomera, Roque Grande de Salmor and Roquillo. Introduced to Los Christianos (Tenerife).


Gallotia caesaris  (LEHRS, 1914)

Subspecies (2):

Gallotia caesaris caesaris  (LEHRS, 1914)

Gallotia caesaris gomerae  (BOETTGER & MÜLLER, 1914)


Lacerta caesaris  LEHRS, 1914

Lacerta galloti caesaris  BOETTGER & MÜLLER, 1914

Gallotia galloti caesaris  BISCHOFF, 1985

Gallotia galloti gomerae  BISCHOFF, 1985

Common names:

Boettger's Lizard (English)
Kleine Kanareneidechse (German)
Lagarto Tizón de La Gomera y El Hierro (Spanish)


caesaris: Syntypes: private collection of P. LEHRS, Spain, Canary Islands, Hierro.

gomerae: Holotype: SMF 13453, male

Terra Typica:

caesaris: Las Lapas, El Hierro.

gomerae: La Gomera

Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Lehrs, P. (1914) -  Description of a new lizard from the Canary Islands. -  Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 1914: 681-684.  

  • Bischoff, W. (1998) -  Die Reptilien der Kanarischen Inseln, der Selvagens-Inseln und des Madeira Archipels -  Bischoff, W. (Hrsg.): Handbuch der Reptilien und Amphibien Europas. Band 6. - AULA-Verlag, Wiesbaden.  

  • Molina Borja, M. & Rodriguez-Dominguez, M.A. (2004) -  Evolution of biometric and life history traits in lizards (Gallotia) from the Canary islands. -  Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, Berlin, 42 (1): 44-53.    

  • Cox, S.C. & Carranza, S. & Brown, R.P. (2010) -  Divergence times and colonization of the Canary Islands by Gallotia lizards. -  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 56 (2): 747-757.    




Gallotia caesaris: 60  pictures (see subspecies level)


Gallotia caesaris gomerae  © 2009 Lars Lindner