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Temporal range: Eocene - present, 52–0 Ma
Polychrus acutirostris.JPG
Polychrus acutirostris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Lacertilia
Infraorder: Iguania
Family: Iguanidae
Subfamily: Polychrotinae


The Polychrotinae subfamily, sometimes misclassified as the Polychrotidae of iguanian lizards contains the living genus Polychrus (commonly called bush anoles) and the extinct genus Afairiguana.[1] The subfamily was once thought to encompass all anoles, including those in the genus Anolis (which are commonly included in the family Dactyloidae). However, recent studies of the evolutionary relationships of anoles based on molecular information suggests that Polychrus is not closely related to Anolis, and therefore not part of Dactyloidae.


  1. ^ Conrad, J. L.; Rieppel, O.; Grande, L. (2007). "A Green River (Eocene) polychrotid (Squamata: Reptilia) and a re-examination of iguanian systematics". Journal of Paleontology 81 (6): 1365–1373. doi:10.1666/06-005R.1.