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Galápagos Lava Lizard

Microlophus albemarlensis

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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
Spotted by
Felix Fleck

Parroquia Puerto Ayora, Galápagos, Ecuador

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

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