Anolis distichus

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Anolis distichus
Anolis distichus on tree.jpg
Green Bark anole.jpg
Gray-brown and green individuals
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Dactyloidae
Genus: Anolis
Species: A. distichus
Binomial name
Anolis distichus
(Cope, 1861)[1]

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Anolis distichus, the bark anole or Hispaniolan gracile anole, is a species of anole lizard (US: /əˈ (About this sound listen)) native to Hispaniola and the Bahamas, and introduced to Florida where first recorded in 1946.[1][2][3] It spends most its time on tree trunks. There are several subspecies and it is highly variable in color. Its body ranges from gray-brown to green, and the dewlap is cream-white, over yellow and orange to red. In Florida, most are gray-brown with a cream-white (pale yellow) dewlap, but more greenish individuals with a yellow-edged red dewlap also occur. It is a fairly small anole, reaching up to 12.7 cm (5.0 in) in length.[3][4]


Gray-brown with cream-white (pale yellow) dewlap
Green with yellow-edged red dewlap

Subspecies listed alphabetically. Some of these may warrant recognition as separate species.[1]

  • A. d. distichus Cope, 1861
  • A. d. aurifer Schwartz, 1968
  • A. d. biminiensis Oliver, 1948
  • A. d. dapsilis Schwartz, 1968
  • A. d. distichoides Rosén 1911
  • A. d. dominicensis Reinhardt & Lütken 1863
  • A. d. favillarum Schwartz, 1968
  • A. d. floridanus Smith & Mccauley 1948
  • A. d. ignigularis Mertens 1939
  • A. d. juliae Cochran 1934
  • A. d. ocior Schwartz, 1968
  • A. d. patruelis Schwartz, 1968
  • A. d. properus Schwartz, 1968
  • A. d. ravitergum Schwartz, 1968
  • A. d. sejunctus Schwartz, 1968
  • A. d. suppar Schwartz, 1968
  • A. d. tostus Schwartz, 1968
  • A. d. vinosus Schwartz, 1968


  1. ^ a b c Anolis distichus, The Reptile Database
  2. ^ Anolis distichus, Wildherps
  3. ^ a b "Nonnatives - Bark Anole". Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  4. ^ Schwartz, A. (1968). Geographic Variation in Anolis distichus Cope (Lacertilia, Iguanidae) in the Bahama Islands and Hispaniola. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College 137: 255-309.

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