Anoles On Huffpo!

The Huffington Post featured an article yesterday on our old friend [1,2,3], Anolis proboscis. In these pages, this species has been called the horned anole of Ecuador, but Huffpo, following a post two days earlier on Livescience, calls it the Pinocchio anole. You make the call.

The article is about a group of our friends at Tropical Herping finding some specimens of this little seen species. Huffpo’s title, “Pinocchio lizard rediscovered in Ecuador after being thought extinct for 50 years,” takes a few licenses, primarily because, as the article notes, the species has been seen a number of times since 2005, which was only 40 years or so after the previous sighting. Still, it’s nice to see anoles getting the attention.

And, more importantly, the article plugs the wonderful new book on the reptiles and amphibians of Mindo, written and lavishly illustrated by the Tropical Herping team. The book is available now in online format and will be for sale in hardcopy before long. Definitely worth checking out.



And late-breaking news: there’s a video as well!

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 “Anoles On Huffpo!

  1. I find the Huffington Post article somewhat misleading because it does not acknowledge explicitly all the work that has been done with Anolis proboscis during the last 6 years (see below) by Ecuadorian and American scientists. I am left with the impression that Tropical Herping is given too much credit for spotting once again this wonderful lizard. Here is a list of recent papers on Anolis proboscis:

    Almendáriz, A. y C. Vogt. 2007. Anolis proboscis (Sauria: Polychrotidae), una lagartija rara pero no extinta. Politécnica 27 (Biología series 7):157-159.

    YANEZ-MUNOZ, M. H., M. A. URGILES, B. M. ALTAMIRANO,AND S. R. CACERES. 2010. Redescripción de Anolis proboscis Peters & Orces (Reptilia: Polychrotidae), con el descubrimiento de las hembras de la especie y comentarios sobre su distribución y taxonomía. Avances, 3: B7–B15

    Losos, J.B., Woolley, M.L., Mahler, D.L., O. Torres-Carvajal, K.E. Crandell, E.W. Schaad, A.E. Narváez, F. Ayala-Varela y A. Herrel. 2012. Notes on the Natural History of the Little Known Ecuadorian Horned Anole, Anolis proboscis. Breviora. 531:1–17.

    POE, S., F. AYALA, I. M. LATELLA, T. L. KENNEDY, J. A. CHRISTENSEN, L. N. GRAY, N. J. BLEA, B. M. ARMIJO, AND E. W. SCHAAD. 2012. Morphology, phylogeny and behavior of Anolis proboscis. Breviora, 530: 1–11.

    Torres-Carvajal, O. 2012. Los anolis cornudos de Mindo: un encuentro con lo bizarro. Nuestra Ciencia 14:21–23.

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