Rare Cuban Trunk Anole Spotted On Isla De Juventud

Photos from Cádiz and Birds report in IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians.

Trunk anoles are the least diverse and most enigmatic of the six replicated anole ecomorph categories (the others are grass-bush, trunk-ground, trunk-crown, twig, and crown giant). Numerous species of trunk anoles belonging to the distichus species group are a dominant component of Hispaniola’s anole fauna, but Cuba has only one very rare trunk anole species and Jamaica and Puerto Rico have no trunk anoles whatsoever.  In the latest IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians: Conservation and Natural History, Cádiz and Bird report the first occurrence of the Cuban trunk anole – A. loysianus – on Isla de Juventud.  This is the first time that this spectacular little anole species has been reported from Cuba’s largest satellite island.

3 thoughts on “Rare Cuban Trunk Anole Spotted On Isla De Juventud

  1. The IRCF is not gone. It still exists and still supports a number of conservation projects. However, it no longer publishes a hardcopy version of its journal, Reptiles & Amphibians. That said, as you can see from Rich’s post, the journal continues in an on-line, open-access format that can be accessed at the following URL: http://www.ircf.org/journal/

  2. at all

    I think A.loysiana is not rare, they are living in branch-and treeholes and there is difficult to find them….
    I care this species,together with A.rejectus,many years in terraria.
    They have only one ore two offspring at year. This is the problem, because is very difficult to hold this litle babies on life.

    But in nature , I think,is not a great problem.
    I see my adults offen not many days ore month,but then they are there……:)

    I love them

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