Anolis lyra POE, VELASCO, MIYATA & WILLIAMS, 2009
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|Higher Taxa||Dactyloidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Anolis lyra POE, VELASCO, MIYATA & WILLIAMS 2009|
Norops lyra — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Norops lyra — NICHOLSON et al. 2018
|Distribution||C Colombia (Pacific lowlands), NW Ecuador|
Type locality: Ecuador, Pichincha, Finca Victoria, 37 km SE of Santo Domingo.
|Types||Holotype: MCZ 80955, adult female, 16 July 1964, F. Vuilleumier.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Anolis lyra differs from all other South American Anolis except A. vittigerus in possessing a small red dewlap with a dark central spot in males and a lyre-shaped symbol in the occipital region (Fig. 8). Anolis lyra differs from A. vittigerus in possessing smaller middorsal scales (mean number of longitudinal scales in 5% SVL for A. lyra 5 8.5, A. vittigerus 5 5.8; P 5 0.006, MannWhitney U test), more scales between supraorbital semicircles (mean 5 2.3 in A. lyra, 0.6 in A. vittigerus; P 5 0.001, Mann-Whitney U test), and more scales between interparietal and supraorbital semicircles (x¯ 5 4.1 in A. lyra, 2.4 in A. vittigerus; P 5 0.001, MannWhitney U test; Fig. 10). Also, A. lyra tends to display much weaker lateral striping (i.e., broken lines only extending to the axillae versus broad stripes to groin in A. vittigerus) and a more prominent lyre-shaped posterior head marking (Fig. 8; absent to weak in A. vittigerus). In western Colombia, the only area in which both species can be expected to occur, A. lyra and A. vittigerus may be most easily separated by the condition of the supraorbital semicircles—in broad contact in A. vittigerus; usually separated by 2–3 scales in A. lyra.|
|Comment||Species group: Norops auratus Species Group (fide Nicholson et al. 2012)|
|Etymology||This species is named for the lyre-shaped marking on the back of its head.|
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