Research on Behavioural Plasticity of Jamaican Anoles

Jamaican Anole in Bermuda, Photo by Gerardo Garcia

Jamaican Anole in Bermuda, Photo by Gerardo Garcia

I would like to know if there is someone working with Anolis grahami in Jamaica?? Or is interested??

 As part of my Ph.D. at the University of Salford in Great Britain, I will investigate behavioural plasticity in lizards, more specifically in the Jamaican Anole. Many populations show evolutionary responses to novel and changing environments; how such information becomes associated with a behavioural response is central to understanding animal adaptation to new environments.  Species with great behavioural plasticity can adapt to new and changing environments, but could also easily adjust to captive environment.

The Jamaican anoles, originally endemic to the island of Jamaica, were purposefully introduced onto Bermuda in 1905, where they now have an island-wide distribution. We would like to investigate how this species adapts its behaviour to a new environment (Bermuda) and to captivity (Zoo environment). And I would also need data from their original habitat, Jamaica. That is why I’m searching for a partnership with someone in Jamaica.

4 thoughts on “Research on Behavioural Plasticity of Jamaican Anoles

  1. Hi Luiza,
    I haven’t worked in Jamaica for the past few years, but I do have fairly extensive behavioral data on A. grahami from Discovery Bay, Jamaica, from 2004. If those data would be useful to you, I’d be happy to share. Feel free to email me at mjohnso9[at]trinity.edu.

    Best,
    Michele Johnson

    1. Hi Michele,

      I think a part of e-mail address is missing.

      Any information on A. grahami behaviour would very helpfull. What kind of data do you have?

      If you could send me anything for me take a look would be great.

      By any chances do you somebody that is still working in Jamaica or that could help me go there for field work?

      Thank you very much

  2. I work in Jamaica at least annually, sometimes more often. Usually, with crocodiles, but sometimes with Anolis.

  3. Hey Luiza, I know this post is old, and hopefully you’ll be notified of my comment. I recently observed something peculiar about the ear system of Bahaman Anole….something about which I’ve found no other information. I was on my porch watching a Bahaman Anole displaying himself, and I saw light coming from his ear hole. There seems to be a membrane inside the head that opens and closes a direct pathway between ear holes. You can see straight through their heads at times. Is this known?

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