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Galápagos Lava Lizard

Microlophus albemarlensis (male)

Description:

The males of this species grow bigger and heavier than females. This specimen was about 8cm long, excluding the tail. Base colour is brown/grey and orange, with black and white spots. The side of the neck has an orange patch and the throat has a black patch, which females lack. Scales are keeled and spiny, forming a spiny crest down the back and tail.

Habitat:

Found on lava rocks at Darwin Research Station. This species is endemic to the Galápagos Islands. Some authors consider the Santa Cruz population to be a different species - Microlophus indefatigabilis.

Notes:

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

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2 Comments

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

Thanks, Mark! Some of them display very bright colours, and it seems they can change them.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Impressive. They're more colourful than I thought. Maybe it's their 'season' :)

Felix Fleck
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Felix Fleck

Parroquia Puerto Ayora, Galápagos, Ecuador

Spotted on Apr 17, 2015
Submitted on Jun 18, 2017

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