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Lizards in an Evolutionary TreeEcology and Adaptive Radiation of Anoles$
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Jonathan Losos

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520255913

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520255913.001.0001

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Five Anole Faunas, Part One

Five Anole Faunas, Part One

Greater Antillean Ecomorphs

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Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

Jonathan B. Losos

University of California Press

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

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