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Anolis monteverde KÖHLER, 2009

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Higher TaxaDactyloidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymAnolis monteverde KÖHLER 2009
Norops altae — SAVAGE & VILLA 1986 (part.)
Norops altae — VILLA et al. 1988 (part.)
Norops altae — KÖHLER 2000 (part.)
Norops altae — LEENDERS 2001 (part.)
Norops altae — SAVAGE 2002 (part.)
Norops altae — KÖHLER 2003 (part.)
Norops monteverde — NICHOLSON et al. 2012 
DistributionCosta Rica (Puntarenas)

Type locality: 2 km east of Santa Elena (10°20’30.5’’N, 84°48’16.0’’W), 1,550 m elevation, Puntarenas Province,Costa Rica Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesHolotype: SMF 86920, an adult male, collected 17 February 2007 by Gunther Köhler. 
CommentAccording to KÖHLER 2009, no characteristics, except geographic location, are known to separate females of A. altae and A. monteverde, but male dewlap coloration and particularly hemipenis morphology readily separates these two otherwise cryptic species.

Illustrated in Savage (2002: plate 268) as A. altae.

Species group: Norops auratus Species Group (fide Nicholson et al. 2012) 
  • Köhler, G. 2000. Reptilien und Amphibien Mittelamerikas, Bd 1: Krokodile, Schildkröten, Echsen. Herpeton Verlag, Offenbach, 158 pp.
  • Köhler, G. 2003. Reptiles of Central America. Herpeton Verlag, 367 pp. [review in Copeia 2004: 429] - get paper here
  • Kohler, G. 2011. A new species of anole related to Anolis altae from Volcán Tenorio, Costa Rica (Reptilia, Squamata, Polychrotidae). Zootaxa 3120: 29-42 - get paper here
  • Köhler, Gunther 2009. New Species of Anolis Formerly Referred to as Anolis altae from Monteverde, Costa Rica (Squamata: Polychrotidae). Journal of Herpetology 43 (1):11-20 - get paper here
  • LEENDERS, T. 2001. A Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica. Zona Tropical, Miami, Florida.
  • NICHOLSON, KIRSTEN E.; BRIAN I. CROTHER, CRAIG GUYER & JAY M. SAVAGE 2012. It is time for a new classification of anoles (Squamata: Dactyloidae). Zootaxa 3477: 1–108
  • Poe, S. 2013. 1986 Redux: New genera of anoles (Squamata: Dactyloidae) are unwarranted. Zootaxa 3626 (2): 295–299 - get paper here
  • Savage, J. M., & VILLA, J. 1986. An Introduction to the Herpetofauna of Costa Rica. Soc. Stud. Amphib. Rept. Contrib. Herpetol. No. 3, viii + 207 pp.
  • Savage, J.M. 2002. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Herpetofauna Between Two Continents, Between Two Seas. University of Chicago Press, 934 pp. [review in Copeia 2003 (1): 205]
  • Villa, J., Wilson, L.D., Johnson, J.D. 1988. Middle American Herpetology - A Bibliographic Checklist. University of Missouri Press
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