Podarcis spp.

This genus of small lacertids is represented in Greece by eight species, five of which are endemic and with such a restricted range that are listed as Vulnerable or even Endangered, according to the IUCN criteria. P. cretensis is an Endangered species, found only in the western part of the island of Crete and its satellite islets. P. erhardii is endemic to the Balkans (S. Bulgaria, S. Serbia, F.Y.R.O.M., and Albania) and it is widespread throughout the Greek mainland (excluding the Peloponnese) and on many Aegean islands. P. gaigeae is listed as Vulnerable due to its limited distribution in the archipelago of Skyros, on Piperi Island and in N. Sporades Islands. P. levendis is also listed as Vulnerable because it is found only on two uninhabited islets north of Antikythira. P. milensis is endemic to the island group of Milos, including also Ananes, Falkonera and Velopoula islands in southwestern Aegean Sea. P. muralis is a widespread species, ranging from Spain in the west to Turkey in the east, and from the Greek mainland (including only two Aegean islands) all the way to the Channel Islands. P. peloponnesiacus is also endemic to Greece, inhabiting the Peloponnese peninsula and the island of Psili in the Aegean Sea. P. tauricus is distributed along the western coast of the Black Sea (Ukraine Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey), in Hungary  from Serbia throughout the southern Balkans (Albania, Bulgaria, F.Y.R.O.M,) to Greece, where it is present in the mainland, on Ionian islands and on a single islet (Thasopoula) in the N. Aegean Sea. The Greek endemic species usually inhabit rocky areas covered with typical Mediterranean vegetation (phrygana and maquis), but they can also be found in dry river beds and coastal marshlands or sand dunes. They can also be found in cultivated areas, for example vineyards and olive groves, and in human constructions such as buildings and dry stone walls.