Anolis fuscoauratus — Slender Anole
Some other names for this species:
Slender Amazon Anole, Brown-eared Anole
Females are slightly less drab than males, with a dark-bordered cream stripe down the back. Still pretty drab though. This one is talking the "Slender Anole" name particularly literally.
About half of the sleeping anoles seen in the forest at night are on leaves, and the other half are on twigs or thin shoots, like this one.
Even on a slow herping night in the Peruvian rainforest, one can always count on finding at least a handful of sleeping lizards.
I have trouble telling this species apart from Anolis ortonii. This one seems significantly thicker than your typical A. fuscoauratus, so maybe I've gotten this one wrong?
This is a more standard-looking one, nice and thin.
And another from the next night. Many of them have the alternating black-and-white vertebral stripe that is particularly prominent here.
This seems like it would be easy for predators to notice at night, but the difference in color between the lizard and the twig isn't as large as the photo makes it out to be. The lizard's skin is more reflective than the twig, so the lizard looks lighter as it reflects the camera's flash.
A tiny baby covered in water drops from recent rain.
- Bannerman, M. 2001. Mamirauá: A Guide to the Natural History of the Amazon Flooded Forest
- Bartlett, R.D., and Bartlett, P. 2003. Reptiles and Amphibians of the Amazon: An Ecotourist's Guide
- Duellman, W.E. 2005. Cusco Amazónico: The Lives of Amphibians and Reptiles in an Amazonian Rainforest