The World’s Most Beautiful Anole? Anolis equestris potior

equestris potior

We’ve had posts on this spectacular anole before. Jesus Reina Carvajal reports: “During the last three years, I have been lucky to see them every single time I have visited the area but they are really hard to find. I find them in the wild on Cayo Santa María. They live exclusively on that island. Nowhere else in the world.

They eat insects, other lizards and small birds. They have a powerful bite. This last individual I could follow during hours since I saw it early in the morning and I could make many pictures and films until it left the place. That day I felt very happy!”

More of Jesus’s photos can be seen in the Flickr album he created.

Photo by Jesus Reina Carvajal

Photo by Jesus Reina Carvajal

Photo by Jesus Reina Carvajal

Photo by Jesus Reina Carvajal

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 “The World’s Most Beautiful Anole? Anolis equestris potior

  1. Obviously an impossible question to resolve, but how about A. gorgonnae for the sheer brilliance of its blue? I think that the marmoratus and roquets would have the greatest range of pattern and color, so would nominate both species.

  2. Anolis marmoratus marmoratus and Anolis gorgonnae are stunningly beautiful, but the spectacular coloration and sheer size of potior, just amazing!

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