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Many-scaled Anole or Golfo-Dulce Anole

Norops polylepis


A small brown and white speckled lizard displaying a beautiful yellow dewlap. Seen in the jungle of SW Costa Rica. Active during daytime.


Osa Peninsular. Endemic to the Gulf of Dulce, Costa Rica


They are athletic creatures that run fast, and jump many times their length. They can also climb straight up almost any surface at blinding speed. They usually sit downward. Seeing a potential prey they dart down towards it. They display their dewlap and bob their head to attract sexual partners and to mark their territory. They feed on spiders and insects like cockroaches and mosquitoes.

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AshleyT 5 years ago
Many-scaled Anole
Anolis polylepis Many-scaled anole

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Isabela 3 years ago

Beautiful shot! I wasn't so lucky, it was very dark when I spotted this wonderful creature.

pamsai 5 years ago

thanks Mark.. definitely showing off. Posed like that for quite a while.

pamsai 5 years ago

Wow, thank you Malcom for nominating this anole with the beautiful dewlap as SOTW. Nature is so amazing... I wonder if it thought it would frighten me off ! But instead it drew mw nearer !!

VivBraznell 5 years ago

Very nice Pam!

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Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

Lucky Pam - great specimen ! Your photos are fantastic.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

What a showoff. Well done Pam.

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

pamsai 5 years ago

Hehehe, Good !

AshleyT 5 years ago

You got the timing right :) Almost 9 pm here, which surely means I am sitting on the couch with my laptop in my lap ;)

pamsai 5 years ago

thanks Ashley. I was hoping you were online ! Tried to time it for the US evening. It's early morning here in India...

AshleyT 5 years ago

The dewlap showing is about the only way to have hope of identifying anoles in the tropics, very nice photos!

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Provincia Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Spotted on May 17, 2015
Submitted on Feb 25, 2016


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