It was just one of these mornings when I found myself in the x-ray imaging facility downstairs, post-coffee, but still mostly functioning vegetatively, scanning my specimens. The most interesting incidences during these sessions usually involve Jon catching me dancing around to the mp3 player while waiting for the machine to finish or finding healed bone fractures and the like on the freshly acquired images. Sometimes I can even see gut contents, like what I think are elytras of coleoptera, or fractured snail shells. Well imagine my surprise when I scanned this massive male Anolis cybotes and found this in its stomach:
It seems like it’s congener didn’t stand a chance – swallowed whole, head-first.
Although the skull is pretty digested already and I can’t make out the shoulder girdle, it looks to me like a distichoid anole – a likely candidate, as these two types are frequently sharing their microhabitat (the trunks of trees and such).