Madeiran wall lizard

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Madeira wall lizard
Lacerta dugesii - Rabacal - 2013.JPG
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Lacertilia
Family: Lacertidae
Genus: Lacerta
Species: L. dugesii
Binomial name
Lacerta dugesii
(Milne-Edwards, 1829)

The Madeira wall lizard (Lacerta dugesii) is a species of lizard in the Lacertidae family. It is endemic to Madeira Islands, Portugal. In the Azores, this lizard has become naturalized after involuntary introduction by ship trade between the two archipelagos.

Its natural habitats are temperate forests and shrublands, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, rocky areas, rocky shores, sandy shores, arable land, pastureland, plantations, rural gardens, and urban areas.

The taxonomy for the species is unstable: Lacerta dugesii, Teira dugesii or Podarcis dugesii are synonyms. More citations are found under Lacerta dugesii.


This lizard is one of many species may be parasitized by ticks and can act as a secondary or alternative reservoir for Lyme disease or other tick-borne zoonoses.[1] Large mammals warm-blooded like deer and boar seem to have become the first epidemiologic tank (and/or host) for European ticks.[2]


  1. ^ De Sousa R, Lopes de Carvalho I, Santos AS, Bernardes C, Milhano N, Jesus J, Menezes D, Nuncio MS (2012) Role of the lizard Teira dugesii as a potential host for Ixodes ricinus tick-borne pathogens. Appl Environ Microbiol 78(10):3767–3769PubMedCentralPubMedCrossRef
  2. ^ Wodecka, B., Rymaszewska, A., & Skotarczak, B. (2013). Host and pathogen DNA identification in blood meals of nymphal Ixodes ricinus ticks from forest parks and rural forests of Poland. Experimental and Applied Acarology, 1-13 (résumé).