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Meet the Anoles!

Jonathan B. Losos

in Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780520255913
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943735 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255913.003.0002
Meet the Anoles!

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This chapter introduces anoles, describing their diagnostic characteristics and geographic distribution, as well as species diversity. Anoles are characterized by the possession of a dewlap and of subdigital toepads. A number of other features are notable, especially aspects of the anole visual system and reproductive cycle. The chapter also discusses species recognition and evolution of reproductive isolation in anoles.

Keywords: anoles; geographic distribution; species diversity; dewlap; toepads; species recognition; reproductive isolation

Chapter.  6151 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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