Anolis carpenteri

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Carpenter's anole
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Dactyloidae
Genus: Norops
N. carpenteri
Binomial name
Norops carpenteri
  • Anolis carpenteri
    A.A. Echelle, A.F. Echelle & Fitch, 1971
  • Norops carpenteri
    Guyer & Savage, 1986

Anolis carpenteri, also known as Carpenter's anole or Carpenter anole[1] is a species of lizard in the family Dactyloidae.


The specific name, carpenteri, is in honor of American herpetologist Charles Congden Carpenter.[4]


N. carpenteri is a small, green lizard with an orange dewlap and smooth ventrals.


Carpenter's anole prefers relatively open habitat in the lowland interface between land and watercourses, and is adapted for climbing on lichen-covered rocks, tree trunks, and shrubs.

Geographic range[edit]

N. carpenteri is found in Costa Rica in Amistad Caribe, Huetar Norte, Cordillera Volcanica Central, Guanacaste, Tortuguero; outside Costa Rica it is found from northwestern Colombia to Costa Rica.[5]

The type locality is Río Reventazón, Turrialba, Cartago Province, Costa Rica.


N. carpenteri feeds on arthropods, primarily insects.[6]


  1. ^ a b Mayer GC (2013). "Anolis carpenteri ". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  2. ^ Echelle AA, Echelle AF, Fitch HS (1971). "A new anole from Costa Rica". Herpetologica 27 (3): 354-362. (Anolis carpenteri, new species).
  3. ^ "Anolis carpenteri ". The Reptile Database.
  4. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Anolis carpenteri, p. 48).
  5. ^ Savage JM, Villa J (1986). "An Introduction to the Herpetofauna of Costa Rica". Soc. Stud. Amphib. Rept. Contrib. Herpetol. No. 3. viii + 207 pp.
  6. ^ Chaco, Federico Munoz (2007). "Norops carpenteri Echelle et al., 1971 (Lagartija, anolis; Inglés: Anole lizard)". Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine.

Further reading[edit]

Guyer C, Savage JM (1986). "Cladistic relationships among anoles (Sauria: Iguanidae)". Systematic Zoology 35: 509-531. (Norops carpenteri, new combination).