Save the Aeolian wall lizard

A project for the conservation ex-situ and habitat recovery of the critically endangered Aeolian wall lizard

The Aeolian wall lizard (Podarcis raffonei) is a species of lizard in the Lacertidae family. It is endemic to Italy. Its natural habitats are Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation and rocky shores.

Distribution and Conservation

Three are only four locations hosting this lizard, all of them in the Aeolian Islands: the island of Strombolicchio, a small islet off the coast of the nearby island of Salina, another off the coast of the island of Filicudi and some areas of Vulcano. Overall population is around one thousand specimens distributed on a surface not bigger than 20, 000 m2. It is believed that once this rare lizard inhabited a larger area, but the competition with the very common Italian wall lizard introduced by man reduced its distribution to a smaller area.

Aeolian wall lizard
Podarcis raffonei cucchiarai 2.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Lacertidae
Genus: Podarcis
Species: P. raffonei
Binomial name
Podarcis raffonei (Mertens, 1952)

Target

Captive breed ex-situ the critically endangered Aeolian wall lizard in order to gradually reintroduce it in a protected area of the Aeolian archipelago. The objective is to be able to recover the lizard population and duplicate the experience to protect other endangered lizards in Italy and elsewhere.

Why support Us

We are developing a project which we expect to complete before the end of 2015 and propose to the ITalian local authorities for official authorization to collect lizard samples for ex-situ captive breeding. We expect to develop the project at Lipari or Vulcano and then further reintroduce the lizards in some protected habitat at the minor islands.

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