Tarentola mauritanica (Squamata: Phyllodactylidae) Conquering the Greek Mainland: Three New Populations from Aetoloakarnania, Western Greece

Ilias Strachinis, Nikos Paterekas, Elias Tzoras


Tarentola mauritanica, also known as Moorish Gecko, is a trans-Mediterranean gecko with a large distribution, ranging from Israel and North Africa, to southern Europe, as well as on many large Mediterranean islands. In Greece, the Moorish Gecko is distributed across several islands, and the only mainland occurrences reported are from the Peloponnese (in the west and north) and very recently, from Athens. Here we present three new records of the Moorish Gecko from localities in the Aetoloakarnania prefecture (Western Greece), and briefly discuss potential scenarios of introduction and expansion of this species on the Greek mainland.


Moorish Gecko; distribution; range; extension; reptile; lizard; new record

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30906/1026-2296-2020-27-3-175-178


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