Anolis conspersus GARMAN, 1887
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Anolis conspersus?
|Higher Taxa||Dactyloidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Subspecies||Anolis conspersus conspersus GARMAN 1887|
Anolis conspersus lewisi GRANT 1940
|Common Names||Grand Cayman blue-fanned anole, Grand Cayman Anole|
|Synonym||Anolis conspersus GARMAN 1887: 273|
Anolis utowanae BARBOUR 1932
Anolis utowanae — SMITH & TAYLOR 1950: 62
Anolis utowanae — HARDY 1969: 116
Anolis conspersus — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 240
Norops utowanae — LINER 1994
Norops utowanae — NICHOLSON 2002
Norops conspersus — NICHOLSON 2002
Anolis utowanae — LINER 2007
Norops utowanae — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Norops conspersus conspersus — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Anolis conspersus lewisi GRANT 1940
Anolis grahami lewisi — BARBOUR & LOVERIDGE 1946
Anolis conspersus lewisi — PAGODA 2011
Norops conspersus lewisi — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
conspersus Grand Cayman I., western half; Booby Cay. Type locality: Grand Cayman Island, Cayman Islands.
lewisi: Grand Cayman I., eastern half, typical individuals along northeastern coast.
utowanae: Mexico (coastal Sinaloa); Type locality: ten miles north of Mazatlán, Sinaloa (probably in error).
|Types||Syntypes: UMMZ 63089 (2)|
Syntype: ANSP 23009; West Indies, Grand Cayman.
Holotype: MCZ 45106 [lewisi]
Holotype: MCZ 31035 [utowanae]
|Comment||Species group: Norops valencienni species group (fide NICHOLSON et al. 2012).|
For illustrations see Schwartz and Henderson, 1985.
Synonymy: POE 2014 synonymized A. utowanae with A. conspersus. The holotype and single specimen of A. utowanae appears to have been part of a series collected by Barbour on Grand Cayman during his 1931 trip from Miami to the Panama Canal and then North to Pacific Mexico, including Mazatlán, on the yacht named Utowana. How the specimen came to be associated with Mazatlán remains a mystery.
Conservation: the IUCN (ID: 64218) has assessed A. utowanae but not conspersus.
Original description (GARMAN 1887): Head large, about one and three.fourths times as long as broad, longer than the tibia. Forehead concave. Frontal ridges low. Occiput concave. Scales on the sides and top of the head with low blunt keels.
Scales of the supraorbital semicircles enlarged, separated mesially by a single series of scales. Ten to fifteen enlarged keeled supraocular scales, the largest of which is separated from the supraorbitals by a single series of granules. occipital small, about the size of the ear-opening, separated froin the supraorbitals by three or four series of scales. Cantlius rostralis sharp, prominent ; canthal scales four. Loreal rows five. Six labials to below the centre of the eye. Ear-opening small, vertical diameter much the greater. Gular appendage rather large, the fold reaching as far backward as the axil, less developed in the female. Gular scales flat, with faint indication of an obtuse keel. Body not compressed ; a slight nuchal fold in the male ; no dorsal fold, Dorsal scales small, granular, smooth orobtusely keeled, a little larger in several of the vertebral rows ; ventral scales larger. Limbs moderate ; the adpressed hind leg reaches the orbit ; digital expansions moderate; lamellze under phalanges ii and iii of the fourth toe twenty-four. Tail twice as long as head and body, compressed, less in fenlale, edged above with a series of strongly keeled scales. JIale with enlarged postanal scales.
Adults yellowish-green to olivaceous, thickly sprinkled with small spots of light color, reddish or brownish in life ; tail more uniform ; belly bluish, presenting a clouded appearance toward flanks and chin. Goitre blue or purple.
Very young ones are light ashy or grayish on the back, white beneath ; somewhat clouded with darker on flanks, limbs, chin and throat. The light spots or freckles first appear on the top and sides of the head, thence gradually spreading backward. Above the pelvis on the back there is a band of light color mliich narrowing backward extends to the middle of the tail, where it fades. On one specimen there is a small darli blotch at each side of the pelvic band ; on the middle of tlle body there is a small transverse hour glass-shaped blotch with a smaller rounded spot of white at each side of it on the mesial line ; it has a similar mark above the axils, and a dark spot on the occipital shield. On many individuals, old ancl young, the forehead ancl cheeks are brown. This species is closely allied to A. grahamiae accepted by Dr. Boulenger, whose form of description we have followed, more or less nearly, to facilitate comparisons. A. conspersus has a much smaller occipital scale, its canthal and frontal ridges are sharper, it has a single series between the supraorbitals on the crown ; it has not the lilac color on tail and limbs, and its goitre is dark blue or purple, instead of crimson with yellow or white margin.