Montserrat: Caribbean Herpetofauna Island Of The Day

Anolis lividus. Photo by Jonathan  Losos

Anolis lividus. Photo by Jonathan Losos

Situated at the northern end of the the Lesser Antillean island chain, Montserrat is home to a number of interesting herps, including the endemic galliwasp Diploglossus montisserrati, the endemic skink Mabuya montserratae, and the endemic anole Anolis lividus. This anole was bravely investigated and reported on by Anole Annals’ intrepid anoleologist Martha Munoz. If your inquiry into the reason I used the words “bravely” and “intrepid” has left you a little lost, the smoke Montserrat is emitting from its active volcano will drag you to the answer: Martha was on the island when the Soufrière Hills dome collapsed and spewed volcanic ash 9 miles skyward!


Collapse of the dome sends ash skywards. January 2010. Photo by Martha Munoz.


The view from space. Image from NASA.

About Yoel Stuart

I am interested in whether, how, and why ecology shapes evolution (and evolution shapes ecology) through time, with an emphasis on microevolutionary pattern and process, adaptation, and field experiments. I completed my Ph.D. on Anolis lizards in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. I am currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Texas, Austin studying threespine stickleback. They're not anoles, but they're cool too.

8 thoughts on “Montserrat: Caribbean Herpetofauna Island Of The Day

  1. I was there long, long ago: beautiful island! I tried to visit and collect anoles on every island east of the PR Bank (Anegada Passage) from Grenada north: the entire Lesser Antilles. “Island” was anything with more than herb-stage veg. I think I got anoles on every one except Aves, so had to publish on the birds from there….

  2. For those with subscriptions to Herp Review, there’s this:
    Muñoz MM, Hewlett J. 2011. Ecological consequences of continual volcanic activity on the lizard, Anolis lividus, from Montserrat. Herpetological Review 42(2): 160—165.

    Skip was very helpful. I even to got see his original maps showing pre-eruption Montserrat.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Optionally add an image (JPEG only)