Saban Anole

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Saban Anole
Anolis sabanus by D. Sikes 01.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Iguanidae
Subfamily: Polychrotidae
Genus: Anolis
Species: A. sabanus
Garman, 1887
Binomial name
Anolis sabanus
Synonyms

Anolis sabanis — Baumeister, 2000

The Saban Anole (Anolis sabanus) is a species of anole lizard that is endemic to the island of Saba, a Dutch municipality in the Caribbean Lesser Antilles. It is common all over the island.

Males can reach a length of 69 mm snout-to-vent. Males have a pale ash-gray to tan ground color on their ventral surface, with irregular dark patches that also extend over the head. Its ventral surface is pale green-yellow to gray. Its dewlap is pale yellow with a green or orange tint. Females are smaller and duller, with less distinct splotches. Females additionally have a mid-dorsal stripe.

It belongs to the Guadeloupean-Dominican clade of anoles, which includes A. marmoratus on the Guadeloupe Archipelago, A. lividus on Montserrat, A. nubilus on Redonda, and A. oculatus on Dominica.

Saban anole on rocks

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