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Galápagos Lava Lizard

Microlophus albemarlensis (female)

Description:

The females look quite different, being less colourful and smaller (this specimen measured around 7cm, excluding the tail). They do, however, display these bright orange/red cheek patches, which are also an indicator for sexual maturity. Base colour is a yellowish brown with grey. The scales are keeled and pointy, but the overall appearance is not as 'spiky' as the males.

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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4 Comments

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

Thanks, Daniele! I find it very interesting how much variation can be found in a single species of Lava Lizard.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Great to see all your contributions to the Galapagos Biodiversity mission Felix!

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

Thanks, Zlatan :-)

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 4 years ago

wow, beautiful one.

Felix Fleck
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Felix Fleck

Parroquia Puerto Ayora, Galápagos, Ecuador

Spotted on Jun 18, 2017
Submitted on Jun 18, 2017

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