Watts' Anole

Watts' Anole
On Jamaica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Infraorder: Iguania
Family: Dactyloidae
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
  • Anolis alter E. Williams, 1962
  • Anolis forresti Barbour, 1923
  • Anolis schwartzi — Burnell & Hedges, 1990

Watts' Anole (Anolis wattsi ) is a species of anole lizard that is endemic to the Caribbean Lesser Antilles. It 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 or subspecific name, schwartzi, is in honor of American herpetologist Albert Schwartz.[1]


  1. 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).


  • Malhotra, Anita; Thorpe, Roger S. (1999). Reptiles and Amphibians of the Eastern Caribbean. London: Macmillan Education Ltd. ISBN 0-333-69141-5. (pp. 67, 68, 71).

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