image catesbyrs vol266
Image number: RS.18810
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Jamaican giant anole

Date

1731

Creator

Mark Catesby (1683-1749, British), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference

18894

Material

Technique

Subject

Content object

nature
   > animal
      > lizard

Description

Zoological study of a Jamaican giant anole, Anolis garmani, referred to here as Lacertus viridis Jamaicensis, shown in right profile, a red berry in its mouth, atop a blackwood Haematoxylum campechianum specimen.

Signed and inscribed below: 'Lacertus Lignum camp.'

Written in the associated description: 'When they are approach'd to, they by filling their Throat with Wind swell it into a globular Form, and a scarlet Colour, which when contracted the red disappears, and returns to the Colour of the rest of the Body.'

Plate 66 from volume II of Mark Catesby’s The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London, 1731).

Mark Catesby (1683-1749), British naturalist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1733. Travelling under the auspices of the Royal Society, Catesby recorded the earliest western scientific descriptions of the flora and fauna of the ‘New World’. He was the first naturalist to use folio-sized colour plates in a natural history book, and etched the copper plates himself before hand-colouring each individual print with watercolours.18894

Associated place

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   > North America
      > United States
<The World>
   > North America
      > Bahamas