Railroads as anthropogenic dispersal corridors. Possible way of the colonization of Poland by a common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis, Lacertidae)

Krzysztof Dudek

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/EQ.2014.018


The common wall lizard is a new lacertid species in the Polish herpetofauna. However, the discovered populations seem to be introduced. In this article, I intend to describe a possible way of lizards dispersal through railways. I suppose that the common wall lizard may colonize new areas by freight trains as an incidental cargo from quarries they inhabit.


dispersal; ecological corridors; introduction; railroads; transport

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