Subspecies I've seen:
Anolis distichus floridanus
Florida Bark Anole
Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Florida—December 26, 1998
Bark anoles are another non-native species of anole in south Florida, although they've been around long enough (more than 50 years) that some authorities (including the SSAR
) distinguish the ones in Florida as a distinct subspecies. They spend their time clinging to trunks and large branches of trees, and this picture shows that they've evolved a good camouflage for this lifestyle.
Todd Jackman has an excellent anole site that discusses the parallel forms and lifestyles that different sets of anoles have evolved on different Caribbean islands.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, Miami-Dade County, Florida—February 14, 2004
Here's another bark anole from South Florida deciding how much longer to wait before dashing out of sight. (The answer -- one more shutter snap.)
Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Florida—December 25, 2006
A couple of Christmas Day bark anoles showing off their camouflage, if such a thing is possible.
South Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida—March 5, 2013
I like to think that this is the spot on the tree where the day shift workers check out and the night shift workers check in. In this case, the day shift worker (on the right) is the non-native Bark Anole, and the night shift worker (on the left) is the non-native Wood Slave
(one of my favorite standard English herp names).
Anolis distichus properus
Southeast Hispaniola Bark Anole
Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic—May 11, 1999
Several Bark Anole subspecies are native to Hispaniola. A. d. properus
is the only subspecies found in the area of Casa de Campo, according to the 1968 paper that described all the subspecies
. I'm not convinced that the individuals I photographed closely match the description of this subspecies though.
Also, I made up the name "Southeast Hispaniola Bark Anole" since I couldn't find any existing common name for this subspecies. I feel a little guilty, but only a little.
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