Microlophus habelii

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Microlophus habelii
Scientific classification edit
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Tropiduridae
Genus: Microlophus
M. habelii
Binomial name
Microlophus habelii
(Steindachner, 1876)
Microlophus habeli distribution.svg
Geographic range of Microlophus habelii in the Galapagos Islands
  • Tropidurus (Craniopeltis) habelii
    Steindachner, 1876
  • Tropidurus habelii
    Van Denburgh & Slevin, 1913
  • Microlophus habelii
    Frost, 1992
  • Tropidurus pacificus habelii
    Tiedemann et al., 1994
  • Microlophus habelii
    Swash & Still, 2000

Microlophus habelii, commonly known as the Marchena lava lizard, is a species of lava lizard endemic to the Galapagos island of Marchena.[2]


The specific name, habelii, is in honor of German-American naturalist Simeon Habel.[3]


M. habelii is commonly assigned to the genus Microlophus but has also been assigned to the genus Tropidurus, in which it was originally described.[1]


  1. ^ a b Microlophus habelii. The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  2. ^ Benavides E, Baum R, Snell HM, Snell HL, Sites JW Jr (2009). "Island Biogeography of Galápagos Lava Lizards (Tropiduridae: Microlophus): Species Diversity and Colonization of the Archipelago". Archived 2013-09-21 at the Wayback Machine (pdf) Evolution 63 (6): 1606–1626.
  3. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Microlophus habelii, p. 113).

Further reading[edit]

  • Steindachner F (1876). "Die Schlangen und Eidechsen der Galapagos-Inseln ". Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 1876: 303–329. (Tropidurus habelii, new species). (in German).
  • Swash, Andy; Still, Rob (2000). Birds, Mammals, & Reptiles of the Galápagos Islands: an identification guide. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. 168 pp. ISBN 0-300-08864-7. (Microlophus habelii, p. 120 + Plate 42).