Invasive Anole in Dominican Republic Expands its Range

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Photo copyright Miguel Landestoy.

We have a report in the latest issue of Reptiles and Amphibias: Conservation and Natural History that reports range expansion of the invasive Cuban anole Anolis porcatus in the Dominican Republic (PDF link to paper). Anolis porcatus was first discovered in Santo Domingo decades ago, but now appears to have expanded its range outside the capital. The populations we report are from Bani (W of Santo Domingo) and south of Higuey (NE of Santo Domingo). This species could pose a major threat to the native A. chlorocyanus.