A male pinocchio anole.
|Common Name||Pinocchio Lizard|
The Pinocchio anole, or pinocchio lizard, (Anolis proboscis), is a small lizard belonging to the genus Anolis of the family Polychrotidae. It was discovered in 1953 in Ecuador. Presumed extinct when it was not seen after the 1960s, it was rediscovered in 2005 when a group of birders posted a photo of the unusual looking lizard. The species was officially rediscovered in 2009 when researchers from the University of New Mexico found five individuals including the first female specimen. Using the information they published, other researchers were able to locate additional specimens over the next several years.