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Polychrus acutirostris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Iguanidae
Subfamily: Polychrotinae
Genus: Polychrus
Cuvier, 1817[1]

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Polychrus is the only extant genus of polychrotid lizards in the world.[2] Commonly called bush anoles, they are found in the Caribbean and in Central and South America.

Polychrus means "many colored". For anoles see genera Anolis and Norops. This genus is presently in the family of lizards known as Iguanidae, subfamily Polychrotinae, and is no longer classified in the now invalid family, Polychrotidae.[3][2]




  1. ^ Schlüter 2013: Cuvier 1817, Règne Animal 2: 40. Species typica: Lacerta marmorata Linnaeus.
  2. ^ a b "ITIS Report: Polychrus – Cuvier, 1817". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 7 April 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  3. ^ "ITIS search results". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 7 April 2016. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  4. ^ Polychrus, Reptile Database (still under invalid family "Polychrotidae")

Further reading[edit]

  • Berthold, A. A. 1845. "Über verschiedene neue oder seltene Reptilien aus Neu-Granada und Crustaceen aus China". Nachr. Georg-Augustus-Univ. und königl. Ges. Wiss. Göttingen 3: 37-48.
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1908. "Descriptions of new South American reptiles". Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 8, 1 (1): 111−115.
  • Koch, C., Venegas, P.J., Garcia-Bravo, A. & Böhme, W. 2011. "A new bush anole (Iguanidae: Polychrotinae: Polychrus) from the upper Marañon basin, Peru, with a redescription of Polychrus peruvianus (Noble, 1924) and additional information on P. gutturosus Berthold, 1845". ZooKeys 141: 79−107.
  • Linnaeus, C. 1758. "Systema Naturae per Regna tria Naturae, secundum Classes, Ordines, Genera, Species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymus, locis. Ed. 10. Tomus I. – Salvius, Stockholm, 824 pp.
  • Noble, G. K. 1924. "New lizards from northwestern Peru". Occasional Papers of the Boston Society of Natural History 5: 107−113.
  • Schlüter, U. 2013. "Buntleguane - Lebensweise, Pflege, Fortpflanzung". KUS-Verlag, Rheinstetten, 78 pp. (A Monograph on Polychrus)
  • Spix, J. B. von 1825. "Animalia nova sive species novae lacertarum,quas in itinere per Brasiliam annis MDCCCXVII-MDCCCXX jussu et auspiciis Maximiliani Josephi I. Bavariae regis". F. S. Hübschmann, München, pp. 1−26.
  • Werner, F. 1910. "Über neue oder seltene Reptilien des Naturhistorischen Museums in Hamburg. II. Eidechsen". Mitt. Naturhist. Mus. Hamburg 27 (2): 1−46.