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Galápagos Lava Lizard

Microlophus albemarlensis


Lizard of about 6cm excluding the tail. Base colour is brown/grey with yellow stripes running down the back and a spotted pale belly; head and limbs are spotted and throat is yellow, with a small orange patch below the ear. Since the bright cheek colouration only appears with sexual maturity, this might be a young female.


Found on lava rocks at Darwin Research Station. This species is endemic to the Galápagos Islands.


Lava lizards belong to the Iguanidae family, being related to Iguanas. Some authors consider the Santa Cruz population to be a different species - Microlophus indefatigabilis.

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Felix Fleck
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Felix Fleck

Parroquia Puerto Ayora, Galápagos, Ecuador

Spotted on Apr 17, 2015
Submitted on Jun 17, 2017

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