Check List 15(3): 455-459, doi: 10.15560/15.3.455
Silent pirates: Anolis sagrei Duméril & Bibron, 1837 (Squamata, Dactyloidae) taking over Panama City, Panama
expand article infoAbel Batista, Marcos Ponce§, Orlando Garcés|, Elliot Lassiter, Madian Miranda#
‡ Universidad Autónoma de Chiriquí, David, Panama§ Museo Herpetológico de Chiriquí, David, Panama| Los Naturalistas, Panama, Panama¶ Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington, DC, United States of America# Los Naturalistas, David, Panama
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Anolis sagrei Duméril & Bibron, 1837 is one of the most widespread reptiles in the world, having colonized more than 15 countries on 2 continents. It inhabits open areas and is commonly found around big cities. We noticed the presence of an unreported, nonnative population in Panama City, Panama, which has been established since at least 5 years. We report A. sagrei for the first time in Panama based on collected specimens. We argue that the species is currently abundant in some areas and it could be a threat for native species. 

Alien species, invasive species, new country record