marine iguana


Definition of marine iguana

: a shore-dwelling seaweed-eating iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) of the Galápagos Islands that often feeds in the sea

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Recent Examples on the Web National Geographic Journey’s 10-day Galápagos Voyage includes a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, where several endemic species of giant tortoise live, and encounters with marine iguanas on Isla Fernandina. Jennifer Barger, National Geographic, "Trips of a lifetime: Secrets from our readers," 19 Dec. 2019 Among its rare and exclusive wildlife are giant tortoises, marine iguanas, penguins, finches, crakes, and species of mice found nowhere else in the world. Popular Science, "Even with international protections, the Galápagos Islands are becoming more vulnerable to humans," 21 Jan. 2020 Discover ecological treasures ranging from the Amazon’s macaws and monkeys to the endemic marine iguanas and giant tortoises of the Galápagos. National Geographic, "Ecuador and the Galápagos Expedition: Biodiversity Hotspot," 10 Sep. 2019 The archipelago is located about 620 miles from the coast of Ecuador is home to unique species including Galapagos penguin, marine iguanas, albatross and giant tortoises. NBC News, "Barge sinks at Galapagos, authorities scramble to clean up fuel," 24 Dec. 2019 The Galapagos Islands are home to numerous exotic flora and fauna, including marine iguanas and giant tortoises. Fox News, "Barge with 600 gallons of diesel fuel sinks off Galapagos Islands," 24 Dec. 2019 The Galápagos Islands are already famous for their unique reptiles, from giant tortoises to rock-dwelling marine iguanas. Jason G. Goldman, National Geographic, "New leaf-toed geckos found living on remote volcano," 27 Nov. 2019 These teeth look remarkably like those of the marine iguana from the Galápagos, which grazes algae from the rocks. National Geographic, "Plant-eating crocodiles thrived in dinosaur times," 27 June 2019 One species, Simosuchus, has teeth similar to modern marine iguanas, which graze on algae growing on seaside rocks. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Prehistoric Crocodiles Preferred Plants Over Prey," 28 June 2019

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1924, in the meaning defined above

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“Marine iguana.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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