> Anolis leachii
Anolis leachii (Barbuda Bank tree anole, Panther Anole)
Synonyms: Anolis bimaculatus; Anolis leachi
Leach's anole (Anolis leachii) is a species of anole lizard that is native to Antigua and Barbuda, an island-nation in the Caribbean Lesser Antilles, where it can be found on both main islands. It has also been introduced to Bermuda.A relatively large anole species, it coexists with the smaller anoles A. wattsi on Antigua, and A. forresti on Barbuda.
The Barbuda Bank tree anole, Anolis leachii
was accidently introduced to Bermuda along with the Barbados anole (A. extremus
) probably in the early 1940's. In Bermuda, A. leachii
successfully competes with the longer established and also introduced Graham's anole (Norops grahami
), altering its microhabitat distribution. Introduced anole lizards including A. leachii
(but mainly N. grahami
) on Bermuda were shown to predate heavily on beetle species introduced for the biological control of introduced scale insects.
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks And Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands - British, Virgin Islands - U.S.
MapsBarbuda, Antigua and its satellites; introduced on Bermuda.;
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