Life history of Andean Anoles

Since 1997 we have been studying the biology of Anolis mariarum in areas surrounding Medellin, quantifying microgeographic variation in its morphology, demography, and life history characteristics.  While funding for this project has come primarily from undergraduate course field trips and “auto-financed” undergraduate thesis projects, we have generated one of the few long-term demographic data sets for a species of fauna in Colombia, and have published some of the first studies on the ecology of a high elevation anole thanks to this support.


Rubio-R, L.C., B.C. Bock,and V.P. Páez. Continuous reproduction under a bimodal precipitation regime in a high elevation anole (Anolis mariarum). Caldasia, in press.

Bock, B.C., A.M. Zapata, and V.P. Páez. 2010. Survivorship rates of adult Anolis mariarum (Squamata: Polychrotidae) in two populations with differing mean and asymptotic body sizes. Papéis Avulsos de Zoología, 50(3):43-50.

Bock, B.C., A.M. Ortega, A.M. Zapata, and V.P. Páez. 2009. Microgeographic body size variation in a high elevation Andean anole (Anolis mariarum; Squamata, Polychrotidae). Revista de Biología Tropical, 57:1253-1262.