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MARK CATESBY (1682-1749)

Jamaican anole and sweet gum

c. 1722-6

RCIN 926016

The male anole lizard has a scarlet throat pouch which it can flick forwards as a territorial display, as Catesby shows. Its colouring is perfect camouflage against the foliage and red flower-heads of the sweet gum.

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