Nature Notes

April 8, 2010

Brown Anole, Anolis sagrei (Correction) Brown phase Green Anole

Filed under: Animals,Hawaii — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am

Brown Anole, Anolis sagrei

Brown Anole, Anolis sagrei

My thanks to John Sullivan for letting me know that this is a brown phase of the Green Anole. My original remarks are below.

The Brown Anole, Anolis sagrei, is native to Cuba and the Bahamas and has been widely introduced elsewhere including Hawaii where this image was taken. It is very invasive, attaining high population densities and out competing other lizard species such as the Green Anole, Anolis carolinensis .

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4 Comments »

  1. Nice photo. Unfortunately, invasive species are a serious problem throughout the world…

    Comment by macroinstantes — April 8, 2010 @ 10:39 am

  2. Thanks.

    Unfortunately Hawaii is one of the most affected places on earth, perhaps because conditions allow almost anything to grow well there.

    Cheers, Harold

    Comment by Harold — April 8, 2010 @ 10:59 pm

  3. Although Anolis sagrei has indeed been introduced to Hawaii, the lizard pictured is a brown-phase Anolis carolinensis. The long snout and whitish chin give it away (as well as other details of its anatomy).

    John

    Comment by John Sullivan — August 31, 2010 @ 10:55 pm

  4. Thank you John, I hadn’t realized there was a brown phase, I will correct it. I appreciate you letting me know.

    Comment by Harold — September 7, 2010 @ 11:16 pm

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