Anolis lionotus COPE, 1861
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Anolis lionotus?
|Higher Taxa||Dactyloidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Lion Anole|
|Synonym||Anolis (Dracontura) lionotus COPE 1861: 210|
Anolis lionotus — BOULENGER 1885: 70
Anolis rixi BOULENGER 1894
Anolis lionotus — TAYLOR 1956
Anolis lionotus — ORTLEB & HEATWOLE 1965
Anolis lionotus — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 59
Norops lionotus — VILLA et al. 1988
Anolis lionotus — WILLIAMS et al. 1995
Norops lionotus — KÖHLER 2000: 63
Norops lionotus — NICHOLSON 2002
Norops lionotus — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Type locality: Cucuyas de Veraguas, Panama.
|Types||Holotype: ANSP 7909|
|Comment||Species group: Norops auratus Species Group (fide Nicholson et al. 2012)|
Synonymy: Savage (2002: 473) stated ‘‘The presumed differences in scutellation between what may now be called Norops lionotus and N. oxylophus are slight, and C. Guyer and I suspect that the two nominal forms represent a single species.’’ However, unpublished data of Gunther Köhler support the recognition of N. lionotus and N. oxylophus as separate species. The two species differ mostly in dorsal scalation (dorsal scales large, much larger than ventral scales in N. lionotus versus dorsal scales of moderate size and about the same size as largest ventral scales in N. oxylophus) and body pattern (a longitudinal lateral pale stripe usually absent in N. lionotus versus lateral pale stripe always present in N. oxylophus). Until a comprehensive study of the geographic variation in this group of anoles has been published McCranie & Köhler 2015 prefer to recognize N. lionotus and N. oxylophus as separate species. Nicholson et al. (2012) also recognized N. oxylophus as a valid species (from McCranie & Köhler 2015).
Distribution: not in Honduras fide McCranie 2015. Populations from Honduras are now assigned to A. oxylophus.