Species ID from Bimini – A. sagrei or distichus?

After looking through my photos from my trip last week to Bimini in the Bahamas, I was disappointed when I realized that none of us seemed to have any pictures of Anolis distichus. Or maybe we did? Among all the typical sagrei-looking anole photos was this guy:

Anolis distichus or Anolis sagrei???

Anolis distichus or Anolis sagrei???

Without telling you why I thought this was a distichus, or why others I have asked are torn between distichus and sagrei, I am curious what people think. What species is this?

About Kristin Winchell

I'm a Ph.D. candidate at UMass Boston in the Revell lab. I am interested in how animals respond to urbanization from an ecological and evolutionary perspective. My dissertation research has focused on adaptive shifts in the Puerto Rican crested anole, Anolis cristatellus, in response to urbanization. Website: http://kmwinchell.wordpress.com

5 thoughts on “Species ID from Bimini – A. sagrei or distichus?

  1. I think that’s sagrei.

    And, I have some Bimini pictures that I can confirm are distichus, if you need some.

  2. That’s the conclusion I eventually came to as well. The head shape really threw me off though, none of my other sagrei pictures look like this guy. Michele – I’m not in any need of pictures, just bummed that I didn’t seem to get any of that species while we were there!

    1. The anole photographed is A.sagrei. A. distichus occurs on tree truncks and never utilizes branches to rest on. Both species occur commonly here in south Florida, and I could show you both individuals.

  3. Anolis sagrei. Definitely not A. distichus based on a variety of things, most importantly the lack of enlarged scales in the dorsal snout region.

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