Can You Help Me Put Names to These Anoles from Yucatan?

Hello everyone. I recently spent four months in the Yucatan Peninsula, doing field work at the Punta Laguna Spider Monkey Sanctuary. While I was there, I observed and photographed quite a few Anolis. I suspect that they are a mix of A. sagrei, rodriguezi, and lemurinus, but I am not able to definitively identify them on my own. I am well aware that it may not be possible to put a name to some or maybe even most of these from photos, but I would be grateful for any insight from the resident experts.

Here are the photos, in no particular order.



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This should be A. sagre, correct?











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And these yellow dewlaps I would imagine indicate A. rodriguezi?



Thanks very much for any help given.



About Thibaud Aronson

I am a young naturalist from Montpellier, in southern France. I am a reasonably serious birder and have a long-lasting interest in primates, but wherever I travel I try to photograph any and all living things I come across.

15 thoughts on “Can You Help Me Put Names to These Anoles from Yucatan?

  1. You have specimens of A. lemurinus (7,8,9,10,11,14), A. rodriguezi (1,3,4,6,12, 13, 15,16,17) , A. sagrei (5), and A. utiformis (2).

  2. Hi Thibaud Aronson
    I’m not an expert, but maybe I can help, i live in Yucatan. I’m interested in studying the Anolis of Mexico.
    Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s not, so in some cases I’m not sure 100%

    1.- A. lemurinus
    2.- A. tropidonotus
    3.-I’m not sure, maybe rodriguezii
    4.-I’m not sure, maybe rodriguezii
    5.- A. sagrei
    6.-A. rodriguezii
    7.- A. lemurinus
    8.- A. lemurinus
    9.- A. rodriguezii
    10.- A. lemurinus
    11.-I’m not sure, maybe a little lemurinus
    12.- A. rodriguezii
    13.- A. rodriguezii
    14.- A. lemurinus
    15.- A. rodriguezii
    16.- A. rodriguezii
    17.- A. rodriguezii

    1. I agree with these mostly, though it is tough to be very confident. While there are some consistencies in dorsal patterning, there are weird variants sometimes. Below are the ones I’d clarify a bit.

      1. I think this could be rodriguezii. I say that mostly because of the snout and the size of the eye. That said, it could easily be lemurinus.
      3. This could also be rodriguezii, mostly because of the snout and eye again.
      4. Maybe rodriguezii but could also be a female ustus.
      6. I think this could be a juvie lemurinus

  3. Wow I did not expect so many answers, and so quickly! Thank you all so much!
    I’m sorry, numbering the photos completely slipped my mind, but now, when I access the posts screen in the dashboard, I’m only given the option to view, but not to edit the post. Am I missing something or are admins the only ones who can edit existing posts?

  4. I suggest you check out Julian Lee’s book on the original Amphibians and Reptiles of the Yucatan Peninsula which has more information including localities than dose. the Field Guide.

  5. I first visited Punta Laguna about 30 plus years ago long before it became the heavily visited spot that it now is. Wonder if Serapio is still running the show. He might remember me as Chuk Kan from Coba, which means ” Snake Catcher’ in Maya because of my fieldwork in Q. Roo.

    1. That’s terrific! Don Serapio is still around, but he is no longer in charge. And Punta Laguna still has a lot of snakes! Without actively searching for them, I saw 12 different species while I was there.

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