Category Archives: Classics from the Literature

The Kings of Greater Antillean Anole Taxonomy II: Thomas Barbour

I previously introduced my mission to recognize the five anole systematists responsible for describing the majority of the anole species found in the Greater Antilles.  The first king of Greater Antillean anole taxonomy was the prolific E. D. Cope.  Cope … Continue reading

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One Night in Antigua – Photos from a Layover with the Colossus Anolis leachii

Sometimes, they say, it’s about the journey, not the destination. This makes me think of exciting layovers I’ve had in Anolis country. At any place where the layover is long enough to permit stepping outside of the airport, I like … Continue reading

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The Kings of Greater Antillean Anole Taxonomy I: E. D. Cope

Greater Antillean anoles would not be a model system for studies in ecology and evolutionary biology without the foundation provided by a century and a half of careful work by anole systematists.  Because their contributions often go unrecognized, I thought … Continue reading

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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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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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Oldie But Goodie: Anolis Transversalis On The Cover Of Herp. Review

Herpetological Review has recently made available all the covers going back to the advent of color photographs in 1995. I found them on <a href=”https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.180287091987312.50983.178914018791286″>Herp Review’s Facebook page</a>. As far as I could tell, this shot of Anolis tranvsersalis from … Continue reading

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50th Anniversary of Ecomorphology

The field of anole ecomorphology was born 50 years ago this month when Bruce Collette published his pathbreaking paper, “Correlations between ecology and morphology in anoline lizards from Havana, Cuba and southern Florida” in the Bulletin of the Museum of … Continue reading

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