muralis  (LAURENTI, 1768)

Subspecies (6):

muralis muralis  (LAURENTI, 1768)

muralis breviceps  (BOULENGER, 1905)

muralis brongniardii  (DAUDIN, 1802)

muralis colosii  (TADDEI, 1949)

muralis maculiventris  (WERNER, 1891)

muralis nigriventris  BONAPARTE, 1838

Population (1):

muralis (braune Abruzzen-Population) 


Seps muralis  LAURENTI, 1768

Lacerta muralis  DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1839

Podarcis muralis  CONANT & COLLINS, 1991

Common names:

Common Wall Lizard (English)
Mauereidechse (German)
Lagartija Roquera (Spanish)


breviceps: Syntypes: MZN (Zoological Museum of the Naples University, 6 specimens)

brongniardii: Holotype: unlocated; not in MNHN

Holotype: MZUF (Museo Firenze)

maculiventris: NMW 16098 (male)

Terra Typica:

muralis: Restricta (MERTENS & MÜLLER 1928): Wien.

breviceps: (MERTENS & MÜLLER 1940): Calabria (Southern Italy).

Fontainebleau (southeast of Paris).




Taxonomic notes:

The intra-specific relations are much more complicated as can be displayed by the sub-species arrangement by GRUSCHWITZ und BÖHME (1985). Genetic investigations (SCHWEIGER et al., in preparation) demonstrate a high diversity in Italy and on the Balkan peninsula. In central Europe, however, populations could be demonstrated to originate from four genetic lineages which can be explained by four post-glacial colonisation waves from southern France, upper Italy, the eastern adriatic region and from the central Balkan peninsula. If one requests morphologic identifiability for sub-species, P. m. albanicus must be considered as a synonym for the nominate form and P. m. merremius as a synonym for P. m. brongniardii as outlined in SCHULTE et al 2008 (Allochthone Vorkommen der Mauereidechse (Podarcis muralis) in Deutschland, Zeitschrift für Feldherpetologie, 15: 139-156) .


Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Laurenti, J.N,. (1768) -  Description of Seps viridis (= Lacerta viridis). -  Specimen medicum, exhibiens synopsin reptilium emendatam cum experimentis circa venena et antidota reptilium austriacorum. pp. 62.     

  • Gruschwitz, M. & Böhme, W. (1986) -  Podarcis muralis (Laurenti, 1768) - Mauereidechse.  -  In: Böhme,W. (ed.), Handbuch der Reptilien und Amphibien Europas, Band 2/II., Echsen III (Podarcis). Aula-Verlag Wiesbaden, pp. 155-208  

  • Schulte, U. & Thiesmeier, B. & Mayer, W. & Schweiger, S. (2008) -  Allochthone Vorkommen der Mauereidechse (Podarcis muralis) in Deutschland. -  Zeitschrift für Feldherpetologie, 15: 139-156.