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Five Anole Faunas, Part One

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/9780520255913.003.0003
Five Anole Faunas, Part One

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This chapter focuses on the geographic distribution of anoles throughout the Greater Antilles. It begins by introducing the ecomorph concept: the idea that groups of species are recognizable as discrete and distinct entities which differ in coordinated aspects of their biology, encompassing behavior, ecology, and morphology. The chapter then describes the Greater Antillean ecomorphs (trunk-ground anoles, trunk-crown anoles, trunk anoles, crown giants, grass-bush anoles, twig anoles) and their key morphological, ecological, and behavioral attributes. It also discusses approaches to test the hypothesis of the existence of discrete ecomorph classes, examines species diversity within ecomorphs, and concludes by providing a brief history of the study of Anolis ecological morphology.

Keywords: Greater Antilles; ecomorphs; Greater Antillean ecomorphs; trunk-ground anoles; trunk-crown anoles; trunk anoles; crown giants; grass-bush anoles; twig anoles; Anolis

Chapter.  9393 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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