Guardian Nature School Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Nature School For Teachers - Fall 2020 Launch! visit nature school

Galapagos Marine Iguana

Amblyrhynchus cristatus

Description:

Mainly black coloring and may have some reddish hues on its body. Around 5ft in length, these iguanas mainly eat algae and seaweed and to get rid of the extra salt absorbed during eating they expel it through the nostrils. they are black to absorb heat more easily once out of the cold waters.

Habitat:

Rocky volcanic island in the Galapagos near the island of Santa Cruz. They stay near the beach of the island since their main food source is underwater. They come out and bask at the rocks to return to the water and eat.

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

2 Comments

Brian Muñiz
Brian Muñiz 7 years ago

Thanks, unfortunately when we went snorkeling we didn't see any. Wups, my bad, no it wasn't on Santa Cruz, I believe it was the island of Rabida, it was a volcanic island with view to a large land mass which I believe was Santiago.

Nice Brian! Was this on Sata Fé?

Brian Muñiz
Spotted by
Brian Muñiz

Provincia de Galápagos, Ecuador

Spotted on Mar 17, 2009
Submitted on Jan 27, 2013

Related Spottings

Marine Iguana Amblyrhynchus cristatus Marine Iguana Iguana marina (Marine iguana)

Nearby Spottings

Razor Surgeonfish Yellow Geiger, Muyuyo Tuna de Rábida - Rábida prickly pear cactus Galapagos Hawk (juvenile)
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors