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Anolis zeus (KÖHLER & MCCRANIE, 2001)

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Higher TaxaDactyloidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymNorops zeus KÖHLER & MCCRANIE 2001
Norops zeus — NICHOLSON 2002
Norops zeus — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Norops zeus — MCCRANIE & KÖHLER 2015: 217 
DistributionHonduras; elevation: 90-900 m

Type locality: Parque Nactional Pico Bonito  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: SMF 77196, adul male; paratypes: SMF, USNM 
CommentSynonymy: Poe (2016) considers the diagnostic characters suggested by Köhler as insufficient to distinguish between A. limifrons and zeus. For instance, “the purported diagnostic traits of A. utilensis have changed over time (compare the original diagnosis of A. utilensis ; G. Köhler. 1996. Senckenbergiana Biologica 76:19–28) to that of this volume and the authors note that some individuals they assign to A. zeus lack the single diagnostic trait of the species (p. 98) (Poe 2016).

Relative abundance in Honduras: common

Species group: Norops auratus Species Group (fide Nicholson et al. 2012) 
EtymologyNamed after Zeus, the Greek god. The name refers to the Cordillera Nombre de Dios (= Name of God mountain range). 
References
  • KÖHLER, G. & J.R. MCCRANIE 2001. Two new species of anoles from northern Honduras (Squamata: Polychrotidae). Senckenbergiana biologica 81: 235-245
  • McCranie, J. & Castañeda, F.E. 2005. The herpetofauna of Parque Nacional Pico Bonito, Honduras. Phyllomedusa 4 (1): 3-16 - get paper here
  • McCranie, James R. 2015. A checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with additions, comments on taxonomy, some recent taxonomic decisions, and areas of further studies needed. Zootaxa 3931 (3): 352–386 - get paper here
  • McCranie, James R. and Gunther Köhler 2015. The Anoles (Reptilia: Squamata: Dactyloidae: Anolis: Norops) of Honduras. Systematics, Distribution, and Conservation. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard (Special Publication Series, No. 1): 1-280 [review in Q. J. Biol. 91: 227] - get paper here
  • Nicholson, K.E. 2002. Phylogenetic analysis and a test of the current infrageneric classification of Norops (beta Anolis). Herpetological Monographs 16: 93-120 - get paper here
  • Poe, S. 2013. 1986 Redux: New genera of anoles (Squamata: Dactyloidae) are unwarranted. Zootaxa 3626 (2): 295–299 - get paper here
  • Poe, S. 2016. Book review: The Anoles of Honduras: Systematics, Dis­ tribution, and Conservation. Q. Rev. Biol. 91: 227 - get paper here
  • Solís, J. M., L. D. Wilson, and J. H. Townsend. 2014. An updated list of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with comments on their nomenclature. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1: 123–144 - get paper here
  • Townsend, J. H., L. D. Wilson, M. Medina-Flores, E. Aguilar-Urbina, B. K. Atkinson et al. 2012. A premontane hotspot for herpetological endemism on the windward side of Refugio de Vida Silvestre Texíguat, Honduras. Salamandra 48 (2): 92-114 - get paper here
 
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