Ratas Island lizard

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Ratas Island lizard
Extinct  (1950)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Lacertidae
Genus: Podarcis
Species: P. lilfordi
Subspecies: P. l. rodriquezi
Trinomial name
Podarcis lilfordi rodriquezi
(Müller, 1927)
Ratas Island was located between the Isla del Rey (in the center of the photo) and the southern shore (to its right)

The Ratas Island lizard once lived on a rocky island in the bay of Mahón, Minorca (Spain). But the island, which was its habitat, was destroyed when Port Mahon was rebuilt. The last sign of this subspecies was in 1950 and it seems to be extinct. Four specimens of this European reptile are conserved in museum collections.

See also[edit]


  • David Day, 1981, The Doomsday Book of Animals, Ebury Press, London.

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