A Yellow Knight Anole

Photo courtesy Paul Richards

Paul Richards and Kirsten Nicholson found this unusual knight anole while conducting their radio-tracking study on this magnificent species. Richards recalls: “I think we found him on the west edge of the “microbiome” of the Gifford Arboretum. I recall showing it to a well known herpetologist who claimed it was a temporary color change, so we held it overnight. It looked identical in the morning and we released it. I honestly can not remember if we bead tagged it or not (that would be stupid but…). We never saw that individual again, but I also cannot recall how far into the study we were, so our regular searches could have ended soon after. Local lizard fanciers have told me they have seen these color morphs before, so it is apparently somewhat common.”

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.

4 thoughts on “A Yellow Knight Anole

  1. Interesting. There is a population of Morelia viridis from Kofiau Islant off the coast of New Guinea that are very similar. The adults maintain their juvenile bright yellow coloration with a smattering of green scales. I wouldn’t be surprised if the structural cause of this increased yellow coloration was similar in both…

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