More On Blue-Eyed Anoles

Anolis etheridgei. Photo by Rick Stanley.

Anolis etheridgei. Photo by Rick Stanley.

Three-and-a-half years ago, I wrote a post on the phylogenetic distribution of blue eyes in anoles. They pop up all over anole phylogeny and in species with diverse habitats and geography. The post attracted 32 comments.

At the time, I asked if anyone had a photo of the blue-eyed Anolis etheridgei. Photographer par excellence Rick Stanley quick obliged, but I never got around to posting his photo, so here it is.

But the bigger question is: what about those blue eyes? Why hasn’t anyone studied the phenomenon? If you’ve got a good photo of a blue-eyed anole, send it here!

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 “More On Blue-Eyed Anoles

  1. Of the two Hispaniolan Todies (Aves: Todidae), the highland, cloud-forest species has pale grayish-blue iris. The lowland species has it dark brown.

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