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Proboscis Anole (Anolis proboscis)

…a rare species of anole that is known from the western slopes of the Andes in Pichincha, Ecuador and from four areas around the town of Mindo, Pichincha. As their common name suggests male A.proboscis  sport a large proboscis which extends from their snout, this proboscis is used in courtship. 

The proboscis anole is currently listed as endangered and faces major threats from habitat loss and having a small range.

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Reptilia-Squamata-Dactyloidae-Anolis-A.proboscis

Images: Luke Mahler

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