You are here » home advanced search Anolis argenteolus

Anolis argenteolus COPE, 1861

Can you confirm these amateur observations of Anolis argenteolus?

Add your own observation of
Anolis argenteolus »

Find more photos by Google images search: Google images

Higher TaxaDactyloidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Cuban Trunk Anole, Guantanamo Anole 
SynonymAnolis (Gastrotropis) argenteolus COPE 1861 : 213
Anolis argenteolus — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 218
Anolis argenteolus — RODRÍGUEZ SCHETTINO 1999: 266
Anolis argenteolus — NICHOLSON et al. 2005
Anolis argenteolus — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Anolis argenteolus — NICHOLSON et al. 2018 
DistributionSE Cuba

Type locality: Monte Verde, Guantánamo Province, Cuba.  
TypesHolotype: lost, was USNM, lost fide Schwartz & Henderson 1988 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size moderate (SVL in males to 54 mm, in females to 44 mm);
habitus thin and long-limbed; 5-7 rows of loreals; scales between supraorbitals 0; oscales between interparietal and supraorbital semicircles; 2 postrostrals; 2 post-mentals; suboculars in contact with supralabials; head scales smooth or feebly keeled; dorsals minute, flat, almost granular; ventrals larger than dorsals, squarish or round, nonimbricate, in transverse and diagonal rows; 2 transparent palpebral scales ("window") in lower eyelid; supradigital scales smooth; tail long, almost round, scales keeled, verticils feebly indicated, about 7 scales/verticil. Dorsum brown, reticulated with yellow and/or gray; a white subocular crescent; throat (females) with brown longitudinal lines; dewlap gray or brown basally, remainder white (Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 218). 
CommentIllustrations: Stejneger, 1917; Barbour and Ramsden, 1919; Peters, 1970.

Synonymy: Listed as synonym of A. lucius by BOULENGER 1885.

Species group: Anolis lucius species group (fide NICHOLSON et al. 2012). 
EtymologyThe species name, argentum, is the nominative Latin word for silver, referencing the silver coloration of some specimens of this species. 
  • Barbour, T. and C. T. Ramsden. 1919. The herpetology of Cuba. Mem. Mus. Comp. Zool., Harvard Coll. 47: 69-213. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Vol. 2, Second edition. London, xiii+497 pp. - get paper here
  • Cope, E.D. 1861. Notes and descriptions of anoles. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 13: 208-215. - get paper here
  • Lambrechts, Denny 2005. Anolis argenteolus: Een Cubaanse ‘rots’ anolis in het terrarium. Lacerta 63 (4): 153-165 - get paper here
  • Nicholson, K. E., R. E. Glor, J. J. Kolbe, A. Larson, S. B. Hedges, and J. B. Losos 2005. Mainland colonization by island lizards. Journal of Biogeography 32: 929–938 - get paper here
  • NICHOLSON, KIRSTEN E.; BRIAN I. CROTHER, CRAIG GUYER & JAY M. SAVAGE 2012. It is time for a new classification of anoles (Squamata: Dactyloidae). Zootaxa 3477: 1–108 - get paper here
  • NICHOLSON, KIRSTEN E.; BRIAN I. CROTHER, CRAIG GUYER & JAY M. SAVAGE 2018. Translating a clade based classification into one that is valid under the international code of zoological nomenclature: the case of the lizards of the family Dactyloidae (Order Squamata). Zootaxa 4461 (4): 573–586 - get paper here
  • Peters, G. 1970. Zur Taxionomie und Zoogeographie der kubanischen anolinen Eidechsen (Reptilia, Iguanide). Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin 46: 197-234. - get paper here
  • Poe, S. 2004. Phylogeny of anoles. Herpetological Monographs 18: 37-89 - get paper here
  • Poe, S. 2013. 1986 Redux: New genera of anoles (Squamata: Dactyloidae) are unwarranted. Zootaxa 3626 (2): 295–299 - get paper here
  • Rodríguez Schettino, Lourdes (ed.) 1999. The iguanid lizards of Cuba. University Press of Florida, 428 pp.
  • Rodríguez Schettino, Lourdes, Carlos A. Mancina & Vilma Rivalta González 2013. REPTILES OF CUBA: CHECKLIST AND GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTIONS. Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (144): 1-96 - get paper here
  • Rovatsos, Michail; Marie Altmanová, Martina Pokorná and Lukáš Kratochvíl 2014. CONSERVED SEX CHROMOSOMES ACROSS ADAPTIVELY RADIATED ANOLIS LIZARDS. Evolution, DOI: 10.1111/evo.12357 - get paper here
  • Ruibal, R. 1964. An annotated checklist and key to the anoline lizards of Cuba. Bull. Mus. comp. Zool. Harvard 130 (8): 475-520. - get paper here
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • Schwartz, A. and Ogren, L.H. 1956. A collection of reptiles and amphibians from Cuba, with the descriptionof two new forms. Herpetologica 12 (2): 91-110 - get paper here
  • Stejneger, L.H. 1917. Cuban amphibians and reptiles collected for the United States National Museum from 1899 to 1902. Proc. US Natl. Mus. 53: 259-291 - get paper here
  • Yuan, M. L., M. H. Wake, and I. J. Wang. 2019. Phenotypic integration between claw and toepad traits promotes microhabitat specialization in the Anolis adaptive radiation. Evolution 73: 231–244 - get paper here
External links  
Is it interesting? Share with others:

Please submit feedback about this entry to the curator