Psammodromus algirus

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Psammodromus algirus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Lacertidae
Genus: Psammodromus
P. algirus
Binomial name
Psammodromus algirus
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Psammodromus algirus, known commonly as the Algerian psammodromus, the Algerian sand racer, and the large psammodromus, is a species of lizard in the family Lacertidae. The species is endemic to western Europe and northwestern Africa.

Geographic range[edit]

Psammodromus algirus is found in Algeria, France, Gibraltar, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, and Tunisia.[1]


The natural habitats of P. algirus are temperate forests, Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, sandy shores, arable land, pastureland, plantations, and rural gardens. (Miras et al. 2005)


Psammodromus algirus mainly feeds on terrestrial arthropods, specifically Orthoptera, Formicidae, Coleoptera, Hemiptera, and Araneae.[2]

Conservation status[edit]

P. algirus is threatened by habitat loss. (Miras et al. 2005)


P. algirus commonly reaches a length of about 10 to 15 cm.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Species Psammodromus algirus at The Reptile Database .
  2. ^ Moreno-Rueda, G.; Melero, E.; Reguera, S.; Zamora-Camacho, F.J.; Álvarez-Benito, I. Prey availability, prey selection, and trophic niche width in the lizard Psammodromus algirus along an elevational gradient. Curr. Zool. 2018, 64, 603–613.
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Further reading[edit]

  • Arnold EN, Burton JA (1978). A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Britain and Europe. London: Collins. 272 pp. + Plates 1-40. ISBN 0 00 219318 3. (Psammodromus algirus, pp. 120–121 + Plate 17, figure 2 + Map 61).
  • Boulenger GA (1887). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume III. Lacertidæ ... London: Trustees of the British Museum. (Taylor and Francis, printers). xii + 575 pp. + Plates I-XL. (Psammodromus algirus, new combination, p. 50).
  • Linnaeus C (1758). Systema naturæ per regna tria naturæ, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, diferentiis, synonymis, locis. Tomus I. Editio Decima, Reformata. Stockholm: L. Salvius. 824 pp. (Lacerta algira, new species, p. 203). (in Latin).

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