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Common Side-Blotched Lizard A common side-blotched lizard catches some rays in the afternoon sun in Utah's Arches National Park. Arches National Park,Common side-blotched lizard,Geotagged,Lizard,Reptiles,Squamata,United States,Uta stansburiana,Utah,fall Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Common Side-Blotched Lizard

A common side-blotched lizard catches some rays in the afternoon sun in Utah's Arches National Park.

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  1. Beautiful, Travis! Posted 5 years ago

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The common side-blotched lizard is a species of side-blotched lizard found on the Pacific Coast of North America. It is notable for having a unique form of polymorphism wherein each of the three different male morphs utilizes a different strategy in acquiring mates. The three morphs compete against each other following a pattern of rock, paper, scissors, where one morph has advantages over another but is outcompeted by the third.

The specific epithet ''stansburiana'' is in honor of Captain.. more

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
Species identified by travismorhardt
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Uploaded Oct 25, 2014. Captured Oct 14, 2014 15:43 in Unnamed Road, Utah, USA.
  • NIKON D3300
  • f/7.1
  • 10/16000s
  • ISO400
  • 240mm