Podarcis_levendis014_240418
Podarcis_levendis014_240418

A female Pori Wall Lizard Podarcis levendis looking at Antikythera island on the distant left. Pori and Lagouvardos where these endemic lizards live, are two tiny uninhabited islands north of Antikythera, south of Peloponnese. It is interesting that  much bigger Kythera to the north and Antikythera to the south of them, have no wall lizards at all. The closest relatives are Podarcis peloponnesiacus on Peloponnese, and Podarcis cretensis on Crete. These lizards are a relict clade that survived only on these two islets, while the Aegean Sea was drying and flooding over the aeons.