Video On The Herpetological Expedition to Haiti that Rediscovered Anolis Darlingtoni and Many Frogs

(I’ve provided the Youtube link here because it can be embedded into WordPress posts, but this video and other similar ones about Haitian field work are available on Caribnature’s Haiti page) contains a series of video essays about nature, the environment and exploration in Haiti, based on fieldwork led by Blair Hedges at Penn State University. The video above gives details on a trip to a never before scientifically explored mountain range in southern Haiti where the Haitian giant twig anole, A. darlingtoni, was rediscovered 25 years after it was last seen. In addition, a number of new species of frogs were discovered. The mountain chain still contains forest and wildlife because it is far from roads and people, and thus has not been completely deforested. To get there, Hedge’s team were dropped off by a helicopter.

The website also contains links to other useful information about Haiti, as well as a beautiful poster of Haitian biodiversity, which can be requested.

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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 “Video On The Herpetological Expedition to Haiti that Rediscovered Anolis Darlingtoni and Many Frogs

  1. What an amazing find! I was on Hispaniola when this expedition happened. I did not get to see Anolis darlingtoni, but I did get to see A. fowleri with my team and Miguel Landestoy (the Dominican naturalist in the video) a few weeks after. He’s a magnet for rare herps!

  2. Wonderful! Phil Darlington was a great mentor and role model for me. I was so glad when Blair and his team rediscovered darlingtoni. I tried to find it in the 1950s but failed. Thanks all!

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