Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 6, 2012

Fauna Of The Pyrenees

Todays photos and species lists are for insects, reptiles, and other animals from a natural history trip in the Pyrenees in Spain, France and Andorra with GreenTours Natural History Holidays. (Birds, butterflies and moths  were covered in earlier posts; see below for links to lists and photos)

To see new photos of Pyrenean Fauna at Flickr go to  Slideshow of  Fauna Of The Pyrenees  (best viewed full screen by clicking on box in bottom right corner. You can click show titles under options at the top left of the screen). If anyone can help with the photos I was unable to identify or has identification corrections please submit a comment.

To species lists of Mammals, Amphibians and Reptiles and Odonata seen on the trip and compiled by Phil Benstead, one of the trip leaders click read more below.

If you wish to see the butterflies or birds of the Pyrenees check lists and photos go to these links:

 

Systematic list No. ?                        Mammals

Red fox Vulpes vulpes Sniffed at Aigues-Tortes NP. Nice views on the way over Port de la Bonaigua on the last morning in Spain.
[Beech marten] Martes foina Sign in France. Dead one on the road in Spain.
Chamois Rupicapra rupicapra Three watched feeding and resting well above the Vielha tunnel on the flanks of the Pic d’Aneto. Two seen at much closer range lower down around La Guingeta.
Fallow deer Dama dama One at Aigues-Tortes NP and several at both night and day at La Guingeta.
Roe deer Capreolus capreolus One female near La Guingeta.
[Alpine Marmot] Marmota marmota Heard at Val d’Eyne (introduced). Common and frequently seen well on the days out from our base in Gavarnie. Introduced though.
[Wild boar] Sus scrofa Sign frequently encountered.
[Red squirrel] Sciurus vulgaris Sign noted on many dates but oddly no sightings.
vole? Microtus sp. Two seen briefly below the Col de Canto on the transfer into Spain were either Pyrenean pine or Mediterranean pine.

Systematic list No. ?                        Amphibians and reptiles

Fire salamander Salamandra salamandra Larva found in the roadside runnel at Riomajou.
Pyrenean brook newt Euproctus asper Three found in a small stream below the Col de Tentes.
Common midwife toad Alytes obstetricans A fine male complete with mature eggs spotted on the first night at La Guingeta. Another immature the next night.
Common toad Bufo bufo Often encountered at night in the lower areas we stayed in.
Common frog Rana temporia Single in the Val d’Eyne, thereafter occasionally encountered.
Iberian water frog Rana perezi Good numbers at La Guingeta. Many around the pond in the Col de Perves carpark.
Sand lizard Lacerta agilis Pair seen well in the hand on the first day. Always surprising to see them up mountains!
Western green lizard Lacerta bilineata One in the Ossoue Valley.
Common wall lizard Podarcis muralis Common on the first day and frequently encountered thereafter.
Iberian wall lizard Podarcis hispanica Aigues-Tortes NP. Possibly on the French side too?
Large psammodromus Psammodromus algirus Single on the Col de Perves, thereafter small numbers in the lower sites visited in Spain.
Southern smooth snake Coronella girondica Single youngster for Phil on the first night at La Guingeta.
Asp viper Vipera aspis Single on the walk in Aigues-Tortes NP. Another, a close call for Aaron, at Vielha tunnel.


Systematic list No. ?                        Odonata

Beautiful demoiselle Calopteryx virgo A few on the small stream we looked at after descending from Canigou. A few more on the stream between Col d’Aspin and Col de Tourmalet.
Azure damselfly Coenagrion puella Small numbers in the vegetation around the carpark pool at Col de Perves.
Common bluet Enallagma cyathigerum Small numbers at Port de la Bonaigua.
Large red damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula A few on the stream between Col d’Aspin and Col de Tourmalet. Others on the same day on the pools below the Col de Tourmalet.
Emperor Anax imperator One holding territory over the Col de Perves carpark pool. Another at the pond at the Congost de Collegat car park.
Broad-bodied chaser Libellula depressa Single at Vielha. Two at the pond at the Congost de Collegat car park.
Four-spotted chaser Libellula quadrimaculata Good numbers at Port de la Bonaigua.
White-faced darter Leucorrhinia dubia Amazing numbers at Port de la Bonaigua.
Broad scarlet Crocothemis erythraea One female near Tremp.

 

Systematic list No. ?                        Mammals

Red fox Vulpes vulpes Sniffed at Aigues-Tortes NP. Nice views on the way over Port de la Bonaigua on the last morning in Spain.
[Beech marten] Martes foina Sign in France. Dead one on the road in Spain.
Chamois Rupicapra rupicapra Three watched feeding and resting well above the Vielha tunnel on the flanks of the Pic d’Aneto. Two seen at much closer range lower down around La Guingeta.
Fallow deer Dama dama One at Aigues-Tortes NP and several at both night and day at La Guingeta.
Roe deer Capreolus capreolus One female near La Guingeta.
[Alpine Marmot] Marmota marmota Heard at Val d’Eyne (introduced). Common and frequently seen well on the days out from our base in Gavarnie. Introduced though.
[Wild boar] Sus scrofa Sign frequently encountered.
[Red squirrel] Sciurus vulgaris Sign noted on many dates but oddly no sightings.
vole? Microtus sp. Two seen briefly below the Col de Canto on the transfer into Spain were either Pyrenean pine or Mediterranean pine.

Systematic list No. ?                        Amphibians and reptiles

Fire salamander Salamandra salamandra Larva found in the roadside runnel at Riomajou.
Pyrenean brook newt Euproctus asper Three found in a small stream below the Col de Tentes.
Common midwife toad Alytes obstetricans A fine male complete with mature eggs spotted on the first night at La Guingeta. Another immature the next night.
Common toad Bufo bufo Often encountered at night in the lower areas we stayed in.
Common frog Rana temporia Single in the Val d’Eyne, thereafter occasionally encountered.
Iberian water frog Rana perezi Good numbers at La Guingeta. Many around the pond in the Col de Perves carpark.
Sand lizard Lacerta agilis Pair seen well in the hand on the first day. Always surprising to see them up mountains!
Western green lizard Lacerta bilineata One in the Ossoue Valley.
Common wall lizard Podarcis muralis Common on the first day and frequently encountered thereafter.
Iberian wall lizard Podarcis hispanica Aigues-Tortes NP. Possibly on the French side too?
Large psammodromus Psammodromus algirus Single on the Col de Perves, thereafter small numbers in the lower sites visited in Spain.
Southern smooth snake Coronella girondica Single youngster for Phil on the first night at La Guingeta.
Asp viper Vipera aspis Single on the walk in Aigues-Tortes NP. Another, a close call for Aaron, at Vielha tunnel.


Systematic list No. ?                        Odonata

Beautiful demoiselle Calopteryx virgo A few on the small stream we looked at after descending from Canigou. A few more on the stream between Col d’Aspin and Col de Tourmalet.
Azure damselfly Coenagrion puella Small numbers in the vegetation around the carpark pool at Col de Perves.
Common bluet Enallagma cyathigerum Small numbers at Port de la Bonaigua.
Large red damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula A few on the stream between Col d’Aspin and Col de Tourmalet. Others on the same day on the pools below the Col de Tourmalet.
Emperor Anax imperator One holding territory over the Col de Perves carpark pool. Another at the pond at the Congost de Collegat car park.
Broad-bodied chaser Libellula depressa Single at Vielha. Two at the pond at the Congost de Collegat car park.
Four-spotted chaser Libellula quadrimaculata Good numbers at Port de la Bonaigua.
White-faced darter Leucorrhinia dubia Amazing numbers at Port de la Bonaigua.
Broad scarlet Crocothemis erythraea One female near Tremp.
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