From southern Russia and southern Ukraine, through southern Moldova, and eastern and southern Romania (excluding the Danube Delta), to Bulgaria, Macedonia, eastern and southern Serbia, Albania, mainland Greece and the Ionian Islands, northwestern Turkey, and Hungary.  


tauricus  (PALLAS, 1814)


Lacerta taurica  PALLAS, 1814

Lacerta taurica thasopulae   KATTINGER, 1942

Podarcis taurica   ENGELMANN et al, 1993

Podarcis tauricus  BÖHME & KÖHLER, 2005 (by implication)

Common names:

Balkan Wall Lizard (English)
Taurische Eidechse (German)
Крымская ящерица (Russian)


Holotype: lost

Terra Typica:

The Crimea.

Relevant taxonomic literature:

  • Pallas, P.S. (1814) -  Description of Podarcis tauricus. -  Zoographia Rosso-Asiatica, Sistens Omnium Animalium In Extenso Imperio Rossico Et Adjacentibus Maribus Observatorum Recensionem, Domicilia, Mores Et Descriptiones, Anatomen Atque Icones Plurimoum, Petrppoli In Officina Caes. Academiae Scientarum Impress. MDCCCXI. Vol. III.     

  • Psonis, N. & Antoniou, A. & Kukushkin, O. & Jablonski, D. & Petrov, B. & Crnobrnja-Isailovic, J. & Sotiropoulos, K. & Gherghel, I. & Lymberakis, P. & Poulakakis, N. (2017) -  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.     

  • Psonis, N. & Antoniou, A. & Karameta, E. & Leaché, A.D. & Kotsakiozi, P. & Darriba, D. & Kozlov, A. & Stamatakis, A. & Poursanidis, D. & Kukushkin, O. & Jablonski, D. & Crnobrnja–Isailović, J. & Gherghel, I. & Lymberakis, P. & Poulakakis, N. (2018) -  Resolving complex phylogeographic patterns in the Balkan Peninsula using closely related wall-lizard species as a model system. -  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 125: 100-115.