Dinarolacerta lizards are endemic species of the Dinaric mountains in the Western Balkans, mainly to the south from the watershed of Adriatic and Danubian water basins (Džukić, 1989). Dinarolacerta spp. are Tertiary relics, whose current fragmented distributions represent groups of suitable refigia where these lizards have survived unfavourable climatic periods (Crnobrnja-Isailović & Džukić, 1997). However, at least some of the distributional gaps may yet be filled by further intensive field research.
The Mosor rock lizard occurs in south-western Dinaric mountains in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. There, it presents a patchy distribution, restricted to altitudes ranging between 450 and 1900 m (Džukić 1989; Crnobrnja-Isailović & Džukić 1997). In Montenegro, it is reported from Durmitor, Krnovo, Prekornica, Štitovo, Maganik, Lovćen, Somina, Orjen and another few localities in western and south-western Montenegro (Džukić, 1989; Džukić, 1991; Džukić et al., 1997; Polović & Čađenović, 2013).
The Prokletije rock lizard js stenoendemic species of the Prokletije Mountain Massif.
In Montenegro, the species is only known from the type locality in the Đebeza mt., at 1600 m a.s.l., near the Bukumir Lake. The assumption that the species could also occur in other places of the Prokletije mts. with suitable habitats, has been recently confirmed. Namely, according to molecular analyses the specimens of the Mosor rock lizard recorded from the Albanian side of the Prokletije mts. (Petrov, 2006), belong to D. montenegrina (Podnar et al., 2014).
Distribution of the Mosor rock lizard (blue) and Prokletije rock lizard (red). From Ljubisavljević et al. (2007), modified.