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Microlophus albemarlensis (BAUR, 1890)

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Higher TaxaTropiduridae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Galapagos Lava Lizard 
SynonymTropidurus albemarlensis BAUR 1890
Tropidurus grayii magnus HELLER 1903
Microlophus jacobi — BENAVIDES et al. 2009 
DistributionGalapagos: Isabela, Santa Cruz, Fernandina, Baltra, Rabida, Seymour, Daphne Major, Plaza Sur (Ecuador)

Type locality: Tagus Cove, Albemarle Island (= Isla Isabela), Galapagos.  
TypesSyntypes: USNM 15003-13
Holotype: CAS-SUR 3974 [magnus]  
CommentSynonymy: BOULENGER 1891 synonymized Tropidurus indefatigabilis BAUR 1890 with Leiocephalus Grayii BELL 1843. FROST 1992 followed that view, but Benavides et al. 2009 revalidated indefatigabilis. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
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