Anolis tenorioensis KÖHLER, 2011
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|Higher Taxa||Dactyloidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Anolis tenorioensis KÖHLER 2011|
Norops tenorioensis — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Norops tenorioensis — NICHOLSON et al. 2018
|Distribution||Costa Rica (Volcán Tenorio)|
Type locality: near Laguna Danta, Volcán Tenorio (10.70521°N, 85.03068°W, WGS84), 1160 m elevation, Alajuela Province, Costa Rica.
|Types||Holotype: SMF 91985, an adult male; collected 5 March 2011 by Gunther Köhler, Donald Varela Soto, and Joséph Vargas. Field tag number GK 3324. Paratypes. SMF 91986, UCR 21182, same collecting data as holotype.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A medium-sized species (SVL in largest specimen 45.0 mm) of the genus Anolis (sensu Poe 2004) that differs from all Lower Central American anoles except Anolis altae, A. carpenteri, A. fortunensis, A. fuscoau- ratus, A. gruuo, A. kemptoni, A. monteverde and A. pseudokemptoni in that it is short-legged (longest toe of adpressed hind leg reaches only to ear opening), has smooth to slightly keeled ventral scales, and a slender habitus, often delicate. Anolis tenorioensis differs from all the species in the cluster listed above by having the ventral sur- faces of body and limbs distinctly reticulated with dark brown pigment (versus immaculate dirty white or cream colored); and a male dewlap that is dark red with brown blotches (versus more or less uniformly reddish orange in A. altae and A. monteverde, uniform orange in A. carpenteri, posterior portion of male dewlap greenish beige, anterior portion reddish orange in A. fortunensis, uniform pinkish brown to red in A. fuscoauratus, more or less uniform dull orange in A. gruuo, posterior portion rose pink, anterior portion burnt orange, small cream colored basal blotch in some populations in A. kemptoni, posterior portion vinaceous, anterior portion orange, anterodorsal corner cream color in A. pseudokemptoni); and by having a divided prenasal scale (versus usually a single elongated prenasal scale). It also differs from A. fortunensis, A. kemptoni, and A. monteverde by having a bilobate hemipenis (versus unilobate). Additionally, it can be differentiated from A. carpenteri by having a brownish dorsal ground color (ver- sus greenish). Anolis tenorioensis is most similar to A. altae and A. monteverde, from which it further differs in sev- eral morphometric and pholidotic characteristics, such as relative head length (ratio head length / SVL) and number of scales around midbody (see Table 1, KÖHLER 2011).|
|Comment||Anolis tenorioensis differs from all other species in the A. altae complex by having the ventral surfaces of body and limbs distinctly reticulated with dark brown pigment and a male dewlap that is dark red with brown blotches, as well as in several morphometric and pholidotic characteristics. It further differs from its geographically nearest congener of this complex, A. monteverde, by having a bilobate hemipenis (unilobate in A. monteverde).|
Species group: Norops auratus Species Group (fide Nicholson et al. 2012)
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||The name tenorioensis is derived from Volcán Tenorio where the type series of the species was collected and to where it is probably restricted, and the Latin suffix -ensis (denoting place or locality).|
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