Anolis ruibali NAVARRO & GARRIDO, 2004
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|Higher Taxa||Dactyloidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Cabo Cruz Pallid Anole|
|Synonym||Anolis ruibali NAVARRO & GARRIDO 2004|
Anolis ruibali — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Anolis ruibali — NICHOLSON et al. 2018
Type locality: Alegría de Pio, Niquero, Granma, Cuba.
|Types||Holotype: MHNH 14:250, an adult male, collected by N. Navarro, C. Peña, and E. Palacio on 25 June 1996|
|Diagnosis||DIAGNOSIS. Anolis ruibali is likely to be confused only with Anolis centralis and Anolis litoralis (which was considered a subspecies of Anolis centralis when Anolis ruibali was described). Anolis ruibali is smaller (mean SVL 35.3 mm vs. 38.4 mm for Anolis centralis and 45.5 mm for Anolis litoralis; Garrido 1975), has a rosy or reddish dewlap with small scales (versus intense crimson, sometimes with an orangish cast, and large scales in Anolis centralis and a pale yellow or yellow- orange dewlap with large scales in Anolis litoralis (Garrido 1975; Navarro et al. 2001), and larger postcloacal scales in males (mean = 2.06 ± 0.26 mm in Anolis ruibali vs. mean = 1.73 ± 0.23 mm in Anolis centralis). Anolis ruibali is similar to Anolis pumilus in size, but Anolis pumilus lacks the skin folds above the ears, is stockier, has a shorter rostrum, and the dewlap is yellow-orange. The elongated head of Anolis ruibali distinguishes it from other species in the Anolis argillaceus group, although juveniles often are difficult to differentiate (Powell et al. 2017).|
|Comment||Species group: Anolis loysianus species group (fide NICHOLSON et al. 2012).|
|Etymology||Named after the collector, Cuban herpetologist Rodolfo Ruibal (1927-2016), who spent most of his career at UC Riverside. See Lillywhite 2016 for an obituary.|
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