Anolis casildae AROSEMENA, IBÁÑEZ & DE SOUSA, 1991
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|Higher Taxa||Dactyloidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Casilda's Anole|
|Synonym||Anolis casildae AROSEMENA, IBÁÑEZ & DE SOUSA 1991|
Dactyloa casildae — KÖHLER 2000: 59
Dactyloa casildae — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Dactyloa casildae — NICHOLSON et al. 2018
|Distribution||W Panama (Fortuna Forest Reserve, Central Cordillera)|
Type locality: Márgenes de Quebreda Frank, 1100 m elevation, 8° 44’ N, 82° 13’W, Reserva Forestal de Fortuna, Chiriquí, Panama.
|Types||Holotype: MVUP 755, male|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A large species (maximum SVL 114 mm) of the genus Dactyloa (sensu Nicholson et al. 2012) that is most similar in external morphology to the other members of this clade found in western Panama (D. frenata, D. ginaelisae, D. ibanezi, D. insignis, D. kunayalae, and D. microtus). Dactyloa casildae can readily be distinguished from these six species by its coloration (described below, shown in Figs. 2, 10, and 11), and from all except D. ibanezi by its very long tail (more than 2.5 times SVL). Moreover, D. casildae differs from D. ginaelisae, D. insignis, D. kunayalae, and D. microtus in having long legs (tip of fourth toe of adpressed hind limb reaching to eye or beyond, usually to nostril or beyond, in D. casildae vs. at most to posterior border of eye), and from D. ginaelisae, D. insignis and D. microtus in having more horizontal loreal rows (6 or more in D. casildae vs. 5 or fewer). Additionally, D. casildae has more subdigital lamellae under the fourth toe (42 or more in D. casildae vs. 41 or fewer) as well as under the fourth finger (29 or more in D. casildae vs. 28 or fewer) than D. ibanezi and D. kunayalae [Lotzkat et al. 2013].|
|Comment||Anolis casildae is brilliant green with solid brown bars on the flanks, the throat yellow mottled with emerald-green, and its dewlap yellow with emerald green scales. The hind legs are long. It has an elongate and keeled superciliary scale reaching the mid-eye and followed by a series of subgranular superciliaries, and the anterior nasal in contact with the rostral.|
Species group: Dactyloa latifrons species group (NICHOLSON et al. 2012).
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