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Galápagos Lava Lizard

Microlophus albemarlensis

Description:

The females look quite different, being less colourful and smaller (this specimen measured around 5cm, excluding the tail). They do, however, display these bright orange/red cheek patches, which are also an indicator for sexual maturity. In this specimen, the orange colouration extends over most of the front half of the body. Base colour is a dark brown, almost without spots and lacking the stripes altogether. The scales are keeled and pointy, but the overall appearance is not as 'spiky' as the males.

Habitat:

Found on lava rocks along the Wall of Tears trail.

Notes:

Lava lizards belong to the Iguanidae family, being related to Iguanas.

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Felix Fleck
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Felix Fleck

Parroquia Puerto Villamil, Galápagos, Ecuador

Spotted on Apr 20, 2015
Submitted on Jun 18, 2017

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