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Lava Lizard

Microlophus albemarlensis

Description:

Taken at James Bay on Santiago Island. Both photos are of a male Lava Lizard. Species shows sexual dimorphism-males have dark red-black throat patches and a distinct spinal crest. In the first photo, the male was doing "push ups," which they use as a display of dominance.

Habitat:

Found on every major island except Genovesa, in pretty much every habitat.

Notes:

Species are endemic to the Galápagos, with some subspecies that are endemic to individual islands.

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Parroquia Bella Vista, Provincia de Galápagos, Ecuador

Spotted on May 27, 2009
Submitted on Apr 2, 2011

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