Pink Iguana Species Discovered

The pink iguana, named after its salmon-colored skin, lives only on the Wolf volcano on the island of Isabela.

A new species of Galápagos iguana has scientists tickled pink.

The pink iguana, named after its salmon-colored skin, lives only on the Wolf volcano on the island of Isabela.

Charles Darwin did not visit the volcano on his travels to the Ecuadorian island chains in the 1830s, so the creature remained undiscovered until 1986, when it was spotted by park rangers. Only now has it been recognized as its own species.

Gabriele Gentile, of Rome's University Tor Vergata, and colleagues are the first team to research and document the iguana, which will receive a formal scientific name in an upcoming paper.

"What's surprising is that a new species of megafauna, like a large lizard, may still be [found] in a well-studied archipelago,"

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