Caribbean Anoline Lizards

There are about 340 species of Anolis lizards, distributed throughout the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. The Caribbean species comprise 138 of the species. Remarkably similar species have arisen independently on each of the Greater Antilles (Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico.) The two lizards shown here have close relatives that look completely different- these lizards are from Hispaniola (left-Anolis insolitus) and Jamaica (right-Anolis valencienni)

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Map of the Caribbean with number of species per island

Parallel adaptive radiations

Unique anoles

Other anoline genera

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