An extremely rare species, the Tenerife speckled lizard (Gallotia intermedia) was only discovered in 1996 (1). It belongs to the genus Gallotia, the members of which are found only on the Canary Islands (3).
The adult Tenerife speckled lizard is blackish-brown with a network of either distinctive yellow spots or pale grey lines on its back (2). Some individuals also have two rows of eye-like spots, one blue row and one yellow, running along the side of the body between the front and hind limbs. The tail of the Tenerife speckled lizard is a uniform grey-brown with some irregular black blotches. The underside of the body is greyish-yellow and the throat is grey. The Tenerife speckled lizard has an orange eye with a black pupil (2).
The female Tenerife speckled lizard differs from the male in being slightly smaller, and having a line of seven blue, eye-like spots along its back. The juvenile of this species is brownish-grey, with more distinct pale yellow spots (2).
- Lagarto Canario Moteado.
- Snout-vent length: up to 15 cm (2)
- Tail length: 28.3 cm (2)