An Unusual Color Pattern in Anolis roquet


As Skip Lazell showed nearly a half century agoAnolis roquet on Martinique is extraordinarily variable in color across its range. This variation has been the subject of much recent work by Roger Thorpe’s lab.

In a recent paper in Herpetological Review, Anderson et al. report on finding an unusual color variant during their recent fieldwork on Martinique.

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.

2 thoughts on “An Unusual Color Pattern in Anolis roquet

  1. This could be akin to the color variant visible in Mosquitofish populations along the Rainbow River in Dunnellon, FL. In each school along the bank of the river can be found one black and white mottled fish; it is not their normal coloration. Could this be a sign of populations with lower genetic diversity?

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