St. Lucia anole
|St. Lucia anole|
|St Lucia Anole, Anolis luciae|
The St. Lucia anole (Anolis luciae) is a species of anole lizard that is endemic to Saint Lucia, an island-nation in the Caribbean Lesser Antilles. It is widespread on Saint Lucia and its offshore islets.
Its coloration and markings vary. Its dorsal ground color ranges from brown in drier habitats to bright green in wetter areas. Some populations have blue coloration on their sides, and its ventral surface may be white or yellowish. The area around its eye may be white, blue, or green. Males may be patternless or have reticulations or chevron patterns on their dorsal surface. Females are duller than males, and may have a mid-dorsal stripe or dark chevron markings.
It co-exists on Saint Lucia with two introduced anole species: A. extremus and A. wattsi. A. luciae appears to be resisting competition, and the two invasive species are restricted to areas around the capital, Castries.
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