Anole Film Festival

Well, not quite, but thanks to Twitter, AA has learned of two new anole films. The first is about Anolis roquet from Martinique and illustrates the tremendous geographic variation of this species. But…it’s in French. Can anyone help us out and tell us what it’s all about? (Editor’s note: additional films have been added; go to the “playlist” in the upper left and choose number 6).

And let’s not overlook the lovely, multichromatic Anolis grahami. In the following Youtube clip, we see one of these wondrous beasts being colorful and running in Bermuda, where it was introduced a century ago.

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.

5 thoughts on “Anole Film Festival

  1. A. roquet’s subspecies were originally described by me in an MCZ bulletin or Breviora – goodness I have forgotten! Ought to Google right up…. Never learned real French, but got pretty fluent in “Creole” – the patois of the islands. Used to be able to read real French OK but have forgotten a lot of that too — getting old!

    1. It’s a series introducing the biodiversity of the French Antilles. Nothing too special mentioned other than some basic natural history. One interesting tidbit is that anoles are ‘out of africa’ according to the clip :)


  2. It looks like they’ve added more videos to the French Antilles series, such that if you just click the play button on that first video you will be shown a video about birds. Birds! But you can still reach the anole video from the “PLAYLIST” control in the upper left.


  3. It’s a basic description of A.roquet: males are bigger than females, size until 20 cm, he can changes colors, the uses of dewlap …

    But the author says that he lives in North and Central America … And he is native to Africa…

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