Anolis Allisoni In The Grass

You thought I was kidding about the  Roatan allisoni doing their best grass anole imitation? See how many you find in this photo. There are at least five, but maybe I missed some.

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.

11 thoughts on “Anolis Allisoni In The Grass

  1. Will Baugher – Agreed! Yoel Stuart and I counted four, and what may be a fifth in the top left corner… but it’s a bit of a long shot.

  2. I see five, but I have to ‘rediscover’ them every time I look at this picture. One is looked on from behind on its back? Of do I see a leaf with anoline features?

  3. Yoel and I found four. The fifth that we weren’t sure about was exactly the same one you circled in the top left corner. We decided we weren’t positive that was a lizard. The sixth one you see is just up and to the right from the big guy basking vertical, face-done on a blade of grass. Are you sure about the sixth one?

    1. I think I had the same question about the sixth one, one of the three in a tight cluster. Does sort of seem like a green thing with a leg…

  4. Using the digital color-tool on my mac, I notice the five we agree on have about the same color-code (R 52-62, G =78-92 B=28-36) whereas the alledged sixth has (R=41-50,G-80-89 B=42-48), which is close to that of the grass. Changing the color-composition with Photoshop (playing a bit with ‘curves’ changing from green to red f.i.) doesn’t lighten up anything in that area neither, but it does make the other five stand out more.

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