Hedges Team Rediscovers Anolis darlingtoni

Last week, Blair Hedges led a team of scientists, journalists and naturalists on a helicopter tour of some of the most remote forested habitats remaining on Haiti’s Tiburon Peninsula.  For anole enthusiasts, this expedition’s most remarkable find was the rediscovery of Anolis darlingtoni, an enigmatic species that hasn’t been seen since 1984.  As reported by Faye Flam at Philly.com, expedition member Miguel Landestoy spotted a single animal sleeping around 2m up in a tree fern.  This seems to have been the only darlingtoni recovered by the expedition, but full trip details are still filtering in.

Even with this rediscovery, Anolis darlingtoni remains the rarest anole on Hispaniola, and the one that is the most immediate danger of extinction.  Luke Mahler and I went to a great deal of trouble to search for A. darlingtoni in remnant forests at the western end of the Tiburon Peninsula a few years ago and came up empty, so I know that finding this species is no easy feat.  My congratulations to Blair, Miguel, and the rest of the team!

About Rich Glor

Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Rochester and longtime anole enthusiast.
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3 Responses to Hedges Team Rediscovers Anolis darlingtoni

  1. Jonathan Losos says:

    This is the second potentially extinct Haitian anole rediscovered in the last few years. To read about the other one, go here; for information on rediscovered frogs (and my prophesy of darlingtoni’s re-emergence), go here.

  2. Gerrut Norval says:

    What a beauty!

  3. Rich Glor says:

    It’s now been confirmed that this expedition found only one darlingtoni and that it was from a small patch of remnant forest at 1,800 m.

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