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Anolis maia BATISTA, VESELY, MEBERT, LOTZKAT & KÖHLER, 2015

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Higher TaxaDactyloidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymDactyloa maia BATISTA, VESELY, MEBERT, LOTZKAT & KÖHLER 2015 
DistributionPanama

Type locality: along the trail that connects the Comarca Wargandí and the Comarca Guna Yala, about 10 km northeast of the village Nurra, 9.06142° N, 77.97961° W, 344 m asl., Corregimiento de Nurra, Comarca Wargandí, Panama  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype. SMF 97268, adult male (Figs. 4E, 5E, 6D, 9 in Batista et al. 2015), from the ridge of the Serranía de Darién (Fig. 1); collected by Abel Batista and Milan Vesely on 03 October 2012; original field number AB 760.
Paratypes. All from Panama: SMF 97269, a male, from Cerro la Javillosa Ambroya, Torti, Chepo, Panama province, collected on 28 September 2012, 19:39 hrs, 8.92267° N, 78.62530° W, 851 m asl, collected by Abel Batista and Milan Vesely; MHCH 2782, a female, same collecting data as holotype; MHCH 2781 and MHCH 2783, females, respectively, from Cerro Pechito Parado, Bajo pequeño, Lajas blancas, Cémaco, Comarca Emberá- Wounáan, on 07 November 2012, 8.47911° N, 77.52799° W, 718 m asl, collected by Abel Batista; SMF 97270, a female from la Cascada trail, Burbayar private reservation, Cartí, Narganá, Comarca Guna Yala, on 26 November 2012, 9.31577° N, 79.00580° N, 322 m asl, collected by Abel Batista and Konrad Mebert. 
CommentSynonymy: Specimens reported as Anolis chocorum by Poe et al. (2009), are actually representatives of D. maia (fide Batista et al. 2015). 
EtymologyAbel Batista dedicates this beautiful new species to his recently born daughter, Maia. The name also comes from Greek mythology, where it is applied to the eldest of the Pleiades, sometimes called mountain nymphs, and are believed to live on the trees in mountains and groves as the guardians for that habitat, a role Dactyloa maia could also represent. 
References
  • BATISTA, ABEL; MILAN VESELY, KONRAD MEBERT, SEBASTIAN LOTZKAT & GUNTHER KÖHLER 2015. A new species of Dactyloa from eastern Panama, with comments on other Dactyloa species present in the region. Zootaxa 4039 (1): 057–084 - get paper here
  • Kwet, A. 2016. Liste der im Jahr 2015 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2016 (3): 56-67 - get paper here
 
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