Peruvian Anole Needing Identification

Photo by Dick Bartlett.

Photo by Dick Bartlett.

Dick Bartlett found this lizard a week ago, deep in the rainforest along the Rio Mazon, Dpto Loredo, Peru. He says “The blue irises initially indicated transversalis but the more I’ve thought about it, the more unsure I have become.” Anyone able to identify it?

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 “Peruvian Anole Needing Identification

  1. Looks like transversalis to me. The stripe is the primary reason to assume something else, correct? They vary in frequency, but I can’t think of a single mainland species that does not exhibit occasional female striping. In every species where I’ve seen more than a handful of individuals, it has always shown up.

    Or is there another reason to rule out tranversalis?

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