Only discovered in 1958, the Spanish algyroides (Algyroides marchi) is a small, flattened lizard. The scales are relatively flat, giving it a smooth appearance, and the scales on the back are much larger than those on the sides (3).
The Spanish algyroides is usually chestnut-brown (3), occasionally with a greenish tinge (4), and it may have a darker streak down the centre of the back (3). The throat is usually whitish, although it is sometimes more yellowish in the male (4). In some parts of its range, the male may develop a bright blue throat (3) (4).
During the breeding season, the pale underparts of the male turn yellow, possibly with a greenish tinge (3) (4). Young Spanish algyroides tend to be darker than the adults (4).
There are two subspecies of Spanish algyroides: Algyroides marchi marchi and Algyroides marchi niethammeri (5).
- Lagartija De Valverde.
- Length: c. 15 cm (2) (3)