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Common name
Cuban green anole (English)
Anolis porcatus , Gray 1840: 112
Anolis carolinensis porcatus , Gray 1845: 201
Anolis principalis porcatus , Cope 1887: 437
Anolis porcatus , Barbour 1904: 57
Anolis porcatus , Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 317
Anolis porcatus , Rodriguez Schettino 1999: 207
Anolis porcatus , Nicholson et al. 2005
Anolis porcatus aracelyae , Perez-Beato 1996
Anolis porcatus aracelyae , Flaschendrager 2002
Similar species
The Cuban green anole, Anolis porcatus is thought to have been unintentionally introduced to the Domincan Republic. There have been signs of competition with the native A. chlorocyanus. While A. porcatus is most likely to displace A. chlorocyanus from disturbed or urban environments where it is most successful, it is thought that A. chlorocyanus will be able to persist in more complex, natural environments.
Species Description
Anolis porcatus is a long-headed, medium sized anole with a purplish-pink dewlap (Collette, 1961).
Two subspecies are recognised Anolis porcatus aracelyae Perez-Beato 1996 and Anolis porcatus porcatus Gray 1840 (Reptiles Database 2010).
Habitat Description
Anolis porcatus is a ubiquitous species in its native range of Cuba, being found in all habitats except open areas and deep woodlands (Collette, 1961). It is thought to be a species that prefers forest edge habitats. Increasing human-caused habitat fragmentation on Cuba is thought to have contributed to its great abundance there (Collette, 1961). In its introduced range, found on trees A. porcatus appears to be most successful in significantly disturbed habitats, such as along streets or in small parks and other areas of intense human activity (Powell et al., 1988).

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Compiler: IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) with support from the Overseas Territories Environmental Programme (OTEP) project XOT603, a joint project with the Cayman Islands Government - Department of Environment


Publication date: 2010-07-07

Recommended citation: Global Invasive Species Database (2021) Species profile: Anolis porcatus. Downloaded from on 28-09-2021.

General Impacts
In the Dominican Republic, there are signs that Anolis porcatus competes with the endemic and ecologically similar A. chlorocyanus (Powell et al., 1988).
Countries (or multi-country features) with distribution records for Anolis porcatus
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In the Dominican Republic, there are signs that Anolis porcatus competes with the endemic and ecologically similar A. chlorocyanus (Powell et al., 1988).
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7 references found for Anolis porcatus

Management information
IUCN/SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG)., 2010. A Compilation of Information Sources for Conservation Managers.
Summary: This compilation of information sources can be sorted on keywords for example: Baits & Lures, Non Target Species, Eradication, Monitoring, Risk Assessment, Weeds, Herbicides etc. This compilation is at present in Excel format, this will be web-enabled as a searchable database shortly. This version of the database has been developed by the IUCN SSC ISSG as part of an Overseas Territories Environmental Programme funded project XOT603 in partnership with the Cayman Islands Government - Department of Environment. The compilation is a work under progress, the ISSG will manage, maintain and enhance the database with current and newly published information, reports, journal articles etc.
General information
Gifford, Matthew E.; Fontenot, Brian E.; Nieves, David M., 2002. Anolis porcatus (Cuban Green Anole). Herpetological Review. 33(3). September 2002. 223.
Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS), 2010. Anolis porcatus Gray, 1840
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Meshaka, Walter E., Jr.; Clouse, Ronald M.; Butterfield, Brian P.; Hauge, J. Brian., 1997. The Cuban green anole, Anolis porcatus: a new anole established in Florida. Herpetological Review. 28(2). 1997. 101-102.
Powell, Robert; Smith, Donald D.; Parmerlee, John S.; Taylor, Carl V.; Jolley, Martin, 1990. Range expansion by an introduced anole: Anolis porcatus in the Dominican Republic. Amphibia-Reptilia, Volume 11, Number 4, 1990 , pp. 421-425(5)
Reptiles Database, 2010. Anolis porcatus Gray, 1840
Summary: Available from: [Accessed September 8 2010]
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Anolis porcatus
Cuban green anole
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Recommended citation
(2021). Anolis porcatus. IUCN Environmental Impact Classification for Alien Taxa (EICAT).