Watts' anole

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Watts' anole
Watts' anole (Anolis wattsi) J.JPG
On Jamaica
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Polychrotidae
Genus: Anolis
Species: A. wattsi
Binomial name
Anolis wattsi
Boulenger, 1894

(unclear; see text)

  • A. w. wattsi Boulenger, 1894
  • A. w. forresti Barbour, 1923
  • A. w. schwartzi Lazell, 1972

Watts' anole (Anolis wattsi ) is a species of anole, a lizard in the family Polychrotidae. The species is endemic to the Caribbean Lesser Antilles.

Geographic range[edit]

A. wattsi is native to Antigua, and has also been introduced to Saint Lucia.


A. pogus was formerly described as a subspecies of A. wattsi. The taxonomy of two further subspecies, sometimes described as A. schwartzi and A. forresti, is unclear. At a minimum, the three taxa are very closely related, and similar in appearance, ecology, and behavior. A. w. schwartzi is found on Sint Eustatius, Saint Kitts, and Nevis. A. w. forresti is endemic to Barbuda.


The specific name, wattsi, is in honor of Dr. Sir Francis Watts who became the Commissioner of Agriculture for the West Indies.[1]

The specific name or subspecific name, schwartzi, is in honor of American herpetologist Albert Schwartz.[1]



  1. ^ a b 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 schwartzi, p. 239; A. wattsi, p. 280).


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Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA (1894). "Description of a new Anolis from Antigua, West Indies". Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Sixth Series 14: 375-376. (Anolis wattsi, new species).
  • Schwartz A, Thomas R (1975). A Check-list of West Indian Amphibians and Reptiles. Carnegie Museum of Natural History Special Publication No. 1. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Carnegie Museum of Natural History. 216 pp. ("Anolis wattsi [sic]", p. 107).