Pink Iguana Discovered in Galapagos

(From original article by Lisa Lombardi)
January 5th, 2009

One-hundred fifty years after Charles Darwin published On The Origin of Species—the book that laid out his theory of natural selection as a means of evolution—scientists are hailing the evolutionary significance of a creature that Darwin missed during his time in the Galápagos Islands: the pink iguana.
An article published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences outlines the importance of the rare “rosada iguana,” a type of land iguana that is only found on the island of Volcan Wolf in the Galápagos. This rosy-colored reptile with distinctive black striping was first spotted in 1986 when a couple of park rangers stumbled upon it, but its discovery barely made a splash in the science pond and no publication has “officially” noted its existence.

Read the full original article at ScienCentral.


6 Responses to Pink Iguana Discovered in Galapagos

  1. Evita says:

    Wow that is so neat!

    I have always wanted to go and visit the Galapagos Islands myself…perhaps one day! I can only imagine the amazing wildlife that place is full of and what Charles Darwin saw…

  2. myphotoscout says:

    Hard to believe that people are still discovering new species.

  3. sir jorge says:

    Wow! The Galapagos are still showing some great new discoveries, definitely a tourist destination point for any zooologist.

  4. This is very interesting. The reptile appears dangerous!

    • zaxy says:

      Hi, Elizabeth! thanks for your comment!
      Iguanas in the wild can be somewhat dangerous. When approached, their first choice is to run away- and they run fast! When cornered or surprised, they’ll use their long tails as a whip. Those tails are hard and strong, and can do a bit of damage, that’s for sure! The easy way to not get hurt is to keep your distance!

      They won’t charge or attack unless cornered- but as they climb faster than most monkeys, it would take some work to corner one! I think you’ll agree that anyone trying that hard to get that close is taking a fair risk of getting paid for their trouble…

      Also, iguanas have nice, sharp little teeth and BIG claws (handy for all that climbing), but again, they don’t bite unless you’re actually trying to capture it!
      In their own habitats, they’re usually spotted sunning themselves, crossing roads, (or failing to, more’s the pity!), or dashing into the bush. Not much danger there unless you go looking for it! 🙂
      all the best, and thanks again for dropping by!

  5. james izzard says:

    i have been to the Galapagos Islands and volcan wolf and this is just a male marine galapagos iguana that has a different food source to the others on the main islands

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