Seven Anole Species Found at a Site on the Ecuador – Colombia Border

On the Tropical Herping website, Lucas Bustamante provides a report–accompanied by gorgeous photographs–of the seven species of anoles, as well as other reptiles and amphibians, found on a Tropical Herping field trip to Chical, a frontier site near the border of Ecuador and Colombia where the faunas of the Chocoan lowlands and the Andes meet. The diversity of species found on the trip was spectacular, but Bustamante aptly noted that the “anoles were the highlight.”

About Jonathan Losos

Professor and Curator of Herpetology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. I've spent my entire professional career studying anoles and have discovered that the more I learn about anoles, the more I realize I don't know.

6 thoughts on “Seven Anole Species Found at a Site on the Ecuador – Colombia Border

  1. Do you think we could convince Lucas to make this into a poster? The photos are absolutely gorgeous. The one of A. chloris basking is striking.

  2. I know that Soroa has 11 sympatric species, but that’s in the Caribbean. How unique is 7 sympatric anoles in the mainland? I agree with Rich – I’d love to see this in a poster at the next Herp meetings or Anolis symposium.

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