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Description:

A smallish (5 inches perhaps) lizard with interesting markings on its back. Seen in wet undergrowth at 2200 meters. This was a tricky shot, and I ended up in quite an odd position to be able to shoot through the undergrowth. Luckily it froze when it saw me looking at it. Gave me a bit more time to wangle myself into position !

Habitat:

Cloud forest, 2200 meters in the Talamanca Mountains of southern Costa Rica.



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21 Comments

pamsai
pamsai 3 years ago

Sorry Yaniv, have only just see your post. Added it to the mission !

pamsai
pamsai 3 years ago

thanks AshleyT for your comments and help...

pamsai
pamsai 3 years ago

yes, interesting, Nacho...

Amazing photos! Please consider adding your spotting to the "Reptiles of Costa Rica" mission:
http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1589...

AshleyT
AshleyT 4 years ago

Yes the amount of species there is overwhelming! It is certainly one of the prettiest ones I have ever seen :) I'm sure there are people out there that can ID them, but I don't know anyone haha

Nacho Garcia
Nacho Garcia 4 years ago

oh yes, very hard to find! but enlightening and interesting.

pamsai
pamsai 4 years ago

Hahaha, well Ashley, I guess that's that ! Haven't got a dewlap !! And I was also put off by the many species in CR. May be lucky to find someone who knows CR lizards sometime, otherwise it's just a cute anole !

pamsai
pamsai 4 years ago

thanks Nacho, seems it's not easy to ID...

AshleyT
AshleyT 4 years ago

I thought it was a pretty unique pattern too, until I Googled "anoles in Costa Rica" haha. I have a field guide to reptiles and amphibians of Costa Rica and it's 300 something pages long... I'm certainly not familiar enough with Central and South American lizards to sit down and try to ID them, makes my head hurt a lot. Honestly, I wouldn't feel comfortable IDing any anole in this area to species without seeing the dewlap.

Nacho Garcia
Nacho Garcia 4 years ago

observing various specimens , loin lines resemble the anole . but it is only a similarity , there must be variations between adults and juveniles.

http://www.saumfinger.de/anolis_compress...

pamsai
pamsai 4 years ago

thanks Ashley. Yes I guessed it was an anole, but I didn't realize it was so difficult ID-ing them. I thought this was a pretty unique pattern along its back and could be ID-ed through that. Shall I just leave it "Unknown spotting" then ?

AshleyT
AshleyT 4 years ago

It's an anole, I assume you already know that? Getting an anole down to species level in Central America is extremely hard and without seeing the dewlap of a male I don't bother trying. They are all extremely variable and there are so many species.

pamsai
pamsai 4 years ago

has anyone got an ID for this cute little lizard ?

pamsai
pamsai 4 years ago

haha shekainah, yes, very cute... and checking me out, also.

pamsai
pamsai 4 years ago

thank you Mark, that's a nice compliment... It was a bit tricky, and I ended up in quite an odd position to be able to shoot through the undergrowth. Luckily it froze when it saw me looking at it. Gave me a bit more time to wangle myself into a position !

Woooowh!!! a very cute birthday present Pam.

pamsai
pamsai 4 years ago

thank you Neil... and thanks also for the birthday greetings. I am in a beautiful place in Costa Rica !

pamsai
pamsai 4 years ago

thanks kfox...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

He's fantastic Pam. Well done to shoot past those shrubs through the gap.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 years ago

Beautiful. Great spotting, Pam. Happy Birthday too :-)

kfox
kfox 4 years ago

Gorgeous pic!

pamsai
Spotted by
pamsai

Provincia San José, Costa Rica

Lat: 9.55, Long: -83.81

Spotted on Apr 28, 2015
Submitted on Apr 30, 2015

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