Podarcis vaucheri (Sauria: Lacertidae) far away from home: a new invasive species in Greece

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Abstract

In this study we aimed to clarify the identity of a wall lizard population that deviates phenotypically from the other Podarcis lizards that occur in the broader area (Athens, Greece). To this end we used molecular techniques. Most surprisingly, we identified the focal population as Podarcis vaucheri, a species far away from its natural range. Molecular results suggest an Iberian origin of this population. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of P. vaucheri outside its original range. The new population should be attributed to human-mediated introduction. The future interaction of this introduced species with native lizards, many of which are endemic to Greece, is of critical importance.

Podarcis vaucheri (Sauria: Lacertidae) far away from home: a new invasive species in Greece

in Amphibia-Reptilia

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    Genetic p-distances (%) among the main clades/lineages for cyt b.

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    Bayesian Inference tree based on cyt b sequences. The posterior probabilities (>0.95) are given near the branches. No values means low statistical support.

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