Anole Fashion: Dorsal Crests and Curlicue Tails

Daffodil’s Photo Blog has some nice photos of stylish anoles. Some anoles–the festive anole (A. sagrei) being a prime example, seem to have a penchant for sitting with their tails hanging in a lovely. Why do they do it? Got me.

We do know why they raise their dorsal crests–to look fearsome, as this mini-dinosaur does. How they do it, though, is another matter, when discussed previously in these pages (1,2).

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.

One thought on “Anole Fashion: Dorsal Crests and Curlicue Tails

  1. Well, of course they do it to force field biologists, like me, to translate our observations into published taxonomic papers and get the Anoles the name recognition they want and deserve. Politicians are no different…. Skip

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