Name That Mystery Anole

Ok, who recognizes this one? And does it look it’s a member of any of the ecomorph categories? You make the call!

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.

10 thoughts on “Name That Mystery Anole

  1. I’m going to go out on a limb – one that is almost certainly wrong – and say Anolis pumilis. If I recall, it was A. pumilis that we were looking for in Cuba at night when armed locals came and Jonathan suddenly became nearly fluent in spanish – A. pumilis doesn’t fit nicely as it is a bush anole that sort of acts like a twig anole, if I recall correctly.

  2. It looks like williamsmittermeierorum, but there are a few South American phenac/tigrinus group things that look similar. If it is from Peru or Southern Ecuador, then williamsmittermeierorum. If it is from Venezuela, then tigrinus.
    Editor’s note: this comment was posted yesterday, but for some reason ended up in the spam folder!

  3. Good work everyone. Most of you were on the right track. And kudos to Steve Poe, who in email correctly identified this as none other than Venezuela’s Anolis tigrinus. The photo was taken recently by Anthony Herrel, who remarked that in all aspects, it appears similar to a West Indian twig ecomorph, a point recently made in a paper by Gabriel Ugueto.

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