Floreana Lava Lizard

Microlophus grayii

''Microlophus grayii'', commonly known as the Floreana lava lizard, is a species of lava lizard endemic to the Galapagos island of Floreana. The species is commonly assigned to the genus ''Microlophus'' but has been assigned to the genus ''Tropidurus''.
Female Floreana Lava Lizard (Microlophus grayii) looking mighty embarassed In most lizard species the males are more brightly colored, but lava lizards are an exception. The males tend to have stronger patterns, but the females are the ones with bright red/orange color on their heads. This is true of other Galapagos species such as Microlophus albemarlensis also. Ecuador,Fall,Galápagos Islands,Geotagged,Microlophus grayii

Naming

The specific name, ''grayii'', is in honor of British herpetologist John Edward Gray.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderSquamata
FamilyTropiduridae
GenusMicrolophus
SpeciesM. grayii
Photographed in
Ecuador