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Side-blotched Lizard A Common Side-blotched Lizard basks on a rock at Santa Rosa Nature Preserve. California,Common side-blotched lizard,Geotagged,United States,Uta stansburiana,Winter,animal,lizard,reptile,scaly Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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  1. Excellent shot, Thom! Can you please set the species and country? Posted 3 years ago
  2. Thank you for the update Thom, now it's ready for a promotion :) Posted 3 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 Thom_Morris
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Uploaded Feb 15, 2016. Captured Feb 14, 2016 12:48 in Rancho California Rd, Murrieta, CA 92562, USA.
  • NIKON D610
  • f/1.0
  • 1/200s
  • ISO320