MYN Contributor Neil Losin and his fellow Day’s Edge Productions team member Nate Dappen recently returned from Formentera, Spain on an expedition to document the Ibiza Wall Lizard. Their images will be used in a beautifully illustrated book entitled “The Symbol,” which is intended to raise awareness and ultimately lead to preservation of wall lizard habitat and the continued survival of the species. We’re so pleased to share this video, not only because of the valuable work that Neil and Nate are conducting, but also because they used the MYN field-studio technique during their trip to showcase color variation among individuals.
From the Day’s Edge Productions blog:
“As evolutionary biologists it fascinates us that these lizard populations are so close, yet look so different. The situation on Esparte and Espartar exemplifies the mysteriously high color diversity among island populations of this species, which has some of the highest color diversity observed among all reptiles. Our understanding of how these uniquely color populations evolved to be so different is poor. Nonetheless, one of our goals on this expedition was to capture, photographically, the color diversity of these lizards among island populations. To do this, we used a technique called “Meet Your Neighbours.”