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Higher TaxaAnolidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Slender Anole, Border Anole 
SynonymAnolis (Dracontura) limifrons COPE 1862: 178
Anolis trochilus COPE 1871: 215
Anolis pulchripes PETERS 1874: 739
Anolis limifrons — BOCOURT 1874
Anolis rodriguezii BOCOURT 1874
Anolis bransfordii COPE 1874: 67
Anolis limifrons — BOULENGER 1885: 49
Anolis bransfordii — BOULENGER 1885: 50
Anolis trochilus — BOULENGER 1885: 50
Anolis pulchripes — BOULENGER 1885: 53
Anolis godmani BOULENGER 1885: 85
Anolis limifrons — GÜNTHER 1885: 45
Anolis bransfordii — GÜNTHER 1885: 45
Anolis trochilus — GÜNTHER 1885: 45
Anolis godmani — GÜNTHER 1885: 51
Anolis Rivieri THOMINOT 1882: 251
Anolis trochilus — COPE 1893
Anolis limifrons limifrons — STUART 1948: 49
Anolis biscutiger TAYLOR 1956: 81
Anolis godmani — TAYLOR 1956: 156
Anolis limifrons rodriguezi — STUART 1963
Anolis limifrons — ORTLEB & HEATWOLE 1965
Anolis limnifrons — MALNATE 1971: 358 (in error)
Anolis godmani — FITCH 1985
Norops godmani — SAVAGE 1986
Norops limifrons — KÖHLER 2000: 63
Norops limifrons — NICHOLSON 2002
Anolis limifrons — COOPER 2005
Norops godmani — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Norops limifrons — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Norops limifrons — MCCRANIE & KÖHLER 2015: 96
Norops limifrons — NICHOLSON et al. 2018
Norops godmani — NICHOLSON et al. 2018 
DistributionGuatemala, Belize, El Salvador ?,
Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama

Type locality: “Veragua”, New Granada, Panama.

bransfordi: Nicaragua, Machuca  
TypesSyntypes: ANSP 7900–01
Holotype: ANSP 7804; Costa Rica, San Jose [trochilus]
Holotype: ANSP 7890 [bransfordi] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A medium-sized species (snout–vent length [SVL] in largest specimen 43.5 mm) of the genus Anolis (sensu Poe, 2004) that is most similar in external morphology to a cluster of Central American species that are long-legged (longest toe of adpressed hindlimb reaches to mid-eye or beyond), have a single elongated prenasal scale, smooth to slightly keeled ventral scales, and slender habitus, often delicate (i.e., Anolis dollfusianus, A. ocelloscapularis, A. rodriguezii, A. yoroensis, A. zeus). Within this cluster of species, A. limifrons can be readily distinguished by male dewlap coloration (dull white with a small basal orange blotch in A. limifrons vs. uniformly dull white in A. zeus, and almost uniformly orange to orange-yellow in the remaining species. Additionally, A. limifrons differs from the species in this cluster by the following characteristics (condition for A. limifrons in parentheses): Anolis dollfusianus: ventrals weakly keeled (smooth). Anolis ocelloscapularis: An ocellated shoulder spot present (absent); ventrals weakly keeled (smooth); hemipenis bilobed (unilobed). Anolis rodriguezii: hemipenis bilobed (unilobed). Anolis yoroensis: ventrals weakly keeled (smooth) [from KÖHLER & SUNYER 2008].
CommentSynonymy partly after PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970. Not listed by LINER 1994. Not listed for El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico by KÖHLER (2000). Poe (2016) considers the diagnostic characters suggested by Köhler as insufficient to distinguish between A. limifrons and zeus.

Species group: Norops auratus Species Group (fide Nicholson et al. 2012) 
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