Nine Caribbean Skinks Petitioned for Inclusion on Endangered Species List

A while back, we reported on a monograph Hedges and Conn that described an enormous number of new skink species (35) from the Caribbean. Now efforts are being made to prevent some of these species from going extinct. The Center for Biological Diversity has just filed a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asking … Continue reading Nine Caribbean Skinks Petitioned for Inclusion on Endangered Species List

Nectivory in Anolis evermanni

These stunning images of Puerto Rican emerald anoles, Anolis evermanni, drinking nectar are from the website of Alfredo D.Colón Archilla who has also published an account of the observations. I highly recommend his website for anyone interested in some great photos of Puerto Rican herps for use in future posts; you can also read about … Continue reading Nectivory in Anolis evermanni

Brown Anole Feeding On Sap

Various anole species have been observed feeding on fruit (e.g., Herrel et al. 2004) and nectar (e.g., Colón Archilla 2010). On March 08, 2013 a brown anole (Anolis sagrei) male in my study area joined the growing list of lizards that have been observed feeding on plant sap. In our natural history note we not only describe … Continue reading Brown Anole Feeding On Sap

Fruit and Nectar Noshing Anoles

Vega-Castillo and Puente-Rolón in the December, 2011 issue of Herpetological Review report fruit consumption by A. gundlachi, A. stratulus and, most notably, the grass-bush A. krugi. This adds to recent reports of frugivory in three other Puerto Rican species, A. cuvieri, A. evermanni and A. monensis. As I discussed in Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree, frugivory … Continue reading Fruit and Nectar Noshing Anoles