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Anolis alayoni ESTRADA & HEDGES, 1995

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Higher TaxaDactyloidae, Iguania, Sauria (lizards) 
Common NamesGuantanamo Twig Anole 
SynonymAnolis alayoni ESTRADA & HEDGES 1995
Anolis alayoni — RODRÍGUEZ SCHETTINO 1999: 238
Anolis alayoni — NICHOLSON et al. 2012 
DistributionE Cuba (Holguín, Guantánamo)

Type locality: La Fangosa, Yateras, Guantánamo province, Cuba. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
Typesholotype: MNHNCU 2764 
CommentSpecies group: Anolis angusticeps species group (fide NICHOLSON et al. 2012).

Anolis alayoni is a cryptic species, and the fourth member of the twig ecomorph of Cuban Anolis. Morphological data suggest that its closest relative is the partly sympatric species A. angusticeps.

Diagnosis. —A small species (2 SVL 42.2 mm males; 36.6 mm females) of Anolis with short limbs, long snout, short semiprehen-sile tail, and enlarged scales on dorsal sur-face of head. Anolis alayoni is a member of the angusticeps species group of Anolis, which includes A. angusticeps, A. guazuma, and A. paternus. From A. guazuma, it can be distinguished by a tail longer than SVL (shorter in gua-zuma), 1-2 scales between supraorbital semicircles (modally 0 in guazuma), keeled head scales (smooth in guazuma), well-de-veloped yellow dewlap (small and whitish in guazuma), and other scale and pattern features. From A. paternus, it can be distin-guished by smooth ventral scales (keeled in paternus) and larger body size. From its closest relative, A. angusticeps, it can be distinguished by large size of the males (X SVL = 42.2 mm in alayoni; 39.9 mm in angusticeps) and the color of the dewlap: dark yellow in alayoni, pale orange or peach in angusticeps. Scale characters which can distinguish most A. alayoni from most A. angusticeps are: modally 11 (8-12) scales around the interparietal in males, 10 (9-13) in females of alayoni (modally 13 [11-16] in males, bimodally 13 and 14 [12- 15] in females of angusticeps); modally two [2-3] scales between naris and rostrum in alayoni (modally three [2-3] in angusticeps), modally four (3-5) scales between nares in alayoni (modally five [3–6] in angusticeps), modally 15 (13–16) lamellae under phalan-ges II and III of fourth toe in alayoni (mod-ally 13 [12-20] in angusticeps), modally four (2-6) postmarital scales in alayoni (modally six [4-7] in males, four [4-6] in females of angusticeps), bimodally 20 and 22 (18-28) middorsal scales in alayoni (bimodally 35 and 37 [26-37] in angusticeps). In combi-nation, these color, measurement and modal scale differences clearly distinguish all specimens of alayoni and angusticeps (from ESTRADA & HEDGES 1995). 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA
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  • Poe, S. 2013. 1986 Redux: New genera of anoles (Squamata: Dactyloidae) are unwarranted. Zootaxa 3626 (2): 295–299 - get paper here
  • Rodríguez Schettino, Lourdes (ed.) 1999. The iguanid lizards of Cuba. University Press of Florida, 428 pp.
  • Rodríguez Schettino, Lourdes, Carlos A. Mancina & Vilma Rivalta González 2013. REPTILES OF CUBA: CHECKLIST AND GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTIONS Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (144): 1-96
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