Anolis luciae

Albert Schwartz (zoologist) Lizard Samuel Garman

St. Lucia anole
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St Lucia Anole, Anolis luciae
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Dactyloidae
Genus: Anolis
Species:
A. luciae
Binomial name
Anolis luciae
Garman, 1887
Synonyms[1]

Anolis luciae, also known commonly as the St. Lucia anole or Saint Lucian anole, is a species of anole lizard in the family Dactyloidae. The species is endemic to Saint Lucia, an island-nation in the Caribbean Lesser Antilles.

Etymology

The specific name, luciae, refers to the island of Saint Lucia.[2]

Geographic range

A. luciae is widespread on Saint Lucia and its offshore islets.[3]

Description

The coloration and markings of A. luciae vary. Its dorsal ground color ranges from brown in drier habitats to bright green in wetter areas. Some populations have blue coloration on the sides, and the ventral surface may be white or yellowish. The area around the eye may be white, blue, or green. Males may be patternless or have reticulations or chevron patterns on the dorsal surface. Females are duller than males, and may have a mid-dorsal stripe or dark chevron markings.[3]

Reproduction

A. luciae is oviparous.[1]

Invasive species

A. luciae co-exists on Saint Lucia with two introduced anole species: A. extremus and A. wattsi. A. luciae appears to be resisting competition, and the two invasive species are restricted to areas around the capital, Castries.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Species Anolis luciae at The Reptile Database www.reptile-database.org.
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Anolis luciae, p. 162).
  3. ^ a b c Malhotra, Anita; Thorpe, Roger S. (1999). Reptiles & Amphibians of the Eastern Caribbean. Oxford, England: Macmillan Education. 144 pp. ISBN 0-333-69141-5 (Anolis luciae, p. 93).