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Higher TaxaDactyloidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesNorthern Hispaniolan green anole, Hispaniolan green anole 
SynonymAnolis chloro-cyanus DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1837: 117
Dactyloa (Xiphosurus) chlorocyana — FITZINGER 1843: 67
Anolis bullaris — GRAY 1845: 206 (fide BOULENGER 1885)
Anolis laeviceps LICHTENSTEIN 1856: 7
Anolis (Ctenocercus) coelestinus COPE 1863 (fide BOULENGER 1885)
Anolis chlorocyanus — BOULENGER 1885: 44
Anolis chlorocyanus — FISCHER 1888: 30
Anolis chlorocyanus — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 235
Anolis chlorocyanus — NICHOLSON et al. 2005
Deiroptyx chlorocyana — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Anolis chlorocyanus — KÖHLER & HEDGES 2016 
DistributionE Hispaniola (Dominican Republic: north of the Plaine de Cul de Sac-Valle de Neiba, extending into that plain locally; Massif de la Selle (local); Île de la Gonâve, Île de la Tortue, Isla Saona)
USA (introduced to Florida)
Suriname (introduced)

Type locality: Martinique (in error) and St.-Domingue. Neotype locality: “El Limón, Península Samaná (19.28929, -69.43118), 30 m, Province Samaná, Dominican Republic”  
ReproductionGarcia et al. (1994) documented hybridization between A. chlorocyanus and A. coelestinus. 
TypesSyntypes: MNHN 785, MNHN 787, MNHN 2007.2406-8, 2007.2066–09 (fide Köhler & Hedges 2016: 5); these syntypes of A. chlorocyanus have the diagnostic traits of the taxonomic species traditionally referred to as A. coelestinus. Köhler & Hedges, 2015 have petitioned the International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) to use its plenary power to set aside the type status of the syntypes of Anolis chlorocyanus in order to stabilize the current and long established usage of the names A. chlorocyanus and A. coelestinus.
Neotype: SMF 97845 designated by Köhler & Hedges 2015. 
CommentIllustrations: Mertens, 1939; Mertens, 1940; Cochran, 1941; Williams, 1965; Schwartz and Henderson, 1985.

Distribution: see map in KÖHLER & HEDGES 2016: 58 (Fig. 40).

Similar species: A. chlorcyanus has been split up into 4 similar species by KÖHLER & HEDGES 2016, namely A. chlorocyanus, A. cyanostictus, A. leucodera, and A. peynadoi.

Subspecies: Anolis chlorocyanus cyanostictus MERTENS 1939 and Anolis chlorocyanus peynadoi MERTENS 1939 have been elevated to full species status by KÖHLER & HEDGES 2016.

Conservation. Given its usual abundance wherever this species occurs along with its relatively large geographical range, we consider the conservation status of Anolis chlorocyanus to be Least Concern based on the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria (IUCN, 2012).

Synonymy: partly fide SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1988.

Species group: Deiroptyx chlorocyana species group (fide NICHOLSON et al. 2012). 
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