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Anole Biology Featured in the St. Augustine Times
Read up on the exciting experimental population biology studies of Dan Warner and Alexis Harrison here.
This Is Wrong on So Many Levels
This brings up a bigger question: why isn’t there a spokesanole for any major company?
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Anole Annals Post Featured on New Scientist Magazine Website
Martha Muñoz’s photo of developing Anolis longitibialis embryos were selected as a “Short Sharp Science” feature. Congratulations, Martha!
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Anole Classics: Licht and Gorman (1970) on Anole Reproductive Cycles
All anoles lay only a single egg at a time, but that doesn’t mean that no variation exists among species in reproductive cycles. Still the most comprehensive study of this topic is Licht and Gorman’s (1970) comparison of nine populations … Continue reading
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Comparing the Environment of Native and Introduced Brown Anoles
The Cuban brown anole, Anolis sagrei, is indisputably the most successful of all Caribbean anoles. Not only is it found throughout almost all of Cuba at low elevations, but also everywhere in the Bahamas, on many islands in western Cuba, … Continue reading
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Digital Images of Old Anolis Prints Available
And here’ s more information on these classic prints. The webpage of the NYPL Digital Gallery proclaims that it “is The New York Public Library’s image database, developed to provide free and open online access to hundreds of thousands of images … Continue reading
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Anoles in the New York Times
The Travel section of the NYT recently featured Caribbean getaways and, of course, anoles were a criteria for choosing which destinations to feature. This isn’t a tough one, but can anyone identify this agave-loving anole?
More on Anoles Playing Dead, and a Lizard That Loves Watermelon
In response to recent discussion of dead-playing anoles, AA‘s French connection Ludovic recently brought to our attention a video of an A. coelestinus doing the same, while floating in a sink. And as an extra treat, Youtube then directed the … Continue reading
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Fake Amber Lizards
The fossil record of anoles is disappointingly small. Other than very young (a few thousand years old) fossils found in caves, where owls and other predators may have left them, only four full-fledged fossils are known from the scientific literature. … Continue reading
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Help Identify a Colombian Anole
Ken Miyata photographed these anoles about 30 years ago. All we know is that they are from Colombia. Can anyone help?
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The Anolis Genome, Human Evolution, Transposable Elements, and Creationism
For an interesting discussion of how the anole genome informs about human genetics, and discussion of a creationist’s claim that the anole genome can’t tell us anything about evolution, check out the latest post in Anolis Tollis.
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Where Did The Term “Ecomorph” Come From And What Does It Mean?
I just read another paper that uses the term “ecomorph,” this one in reference to populations of insects. We anolologists know that Ernest Williams introduced the term “ecomorph” in his classic 1972 paper (available here), defining an ecomorph as those … Continue reading
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Seven Anole Species Found at a Site on the Ecuador – Colombia Border
On the Tropical Herping website, Lucas Bustamante provides a report–accompanied by gorgeous photographs–of the seven species of anoles, as well as other reptiles and amphibians, found on a Tropical Herping field trip to Chical, a frontier site near the border … Continue reading
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Photo of a dew-covered A. carolinensis by Jude Haase at http://500px.com/photo/2565902?from=popular
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Brown Anole Dewlapping at a Much Larger Predator: Why?
Most anole watchers have experienced the phenomenon of walking up to an anole and having it display. What good could come of displaying to a potential predator thousands of times more massive? In a perceptive experiment, Leal suggested that anoles … Continue reading
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Anole Vs. Egret
This image is bouncing around the internet, and I can’t find any information on its origin, but it looks like an anole to me. Valiant last ditch effort, but I think we all know the outcome.
Turnabout’s Fair Play
A few weeks back, we reported the death of an anole at the hands–er, pedipalps–of a spider. Now Janson Jones reports the opposite. More generally, we know that spiders are a very common prey item in the diet of many … Continue reading
Anolologists on the Move: Jason Kolbe
Jason Kolbe, the doyen of anole invasion biology and conservation genetics, has taken up a faculty position at the University of Rhode Island. Research in his lab generally addresses the evolutionary dynamics of biological invasions using Anolis lizards as a model … Continue reading
Anole Action Series
Need a dose of live lizard action? Why not check out the long-running series, Anole Alley, on lizardvideos.com? Now in its fourth season, with an all-star cast of green anoles (maybe browns, too–I haven’t watched all that many of them). … Continue reading
Thin Snakes Eat Big Anoles
The blunt-headed treesnake, Imantodes cenchoa, is renowned for its anolivory, but being a pencil thin snake, one might have thought that its carnage would be limited to the smaller members of anole nation. Not so, as two Natural History Notes … Continue reading
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