An introduced population of Podarcis muralis from Italy has been found in Romania

Finally, our manuscript “Unraveling the origin of the common wall lizards (Podarcis muralis) in south-eastern Europe using mitochondrial evidence” was published in Biodiversity Data Journal.

We compared cytochrome b sequences from Bulgaria and Romania with those from the contiguous range in Central Europe that are available from previous studies. The most interesting thing is the presence of the Southern Alps haplotype in one population from Otopeni, Bucharest (Romania) and its close phylogenetic relationships to north Italy populations suggests human-mediated introductions of this wall lizard clade in Romania. More information here.