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Anolis amplisquamosus (MCCRANIE, WILSON & WILLIAMS, 1993)

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Higher TaxaAnolidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymNorops amplisquamosus MCCRANIE, WILSON & WILLIAMS 1993
Norops amplisquamosus — KÖHLER 2000: 59
Norops amplisquamosus — NICHOLSON 2002
Norops amplisquamosus — KÖHLER 2008
Anolis amplisquamosus — TOWNSEND & WILSON 2009
Norops amplisquamosus — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Norops amplisquamosus — MCCRANIE 2015
Norops amplisquamosus — NICHOLSON et al. 2018 
DistributionNW Honduras (elevation 1530-1720 m)

Type locality: Finca El Cusuco, 1550 m elevation, 15° 31’ N, 88° 12’ W, 5.6 km WSW Buenos Aires, Sierra de Omoa, Cortés, Honduras.  
TypesHolotype: KU 219924 (Museum of Natural History, University of Kansas), adult male from El Cusuco (15°31‘N, 88°12’W), a finca located 5.6 km WSW Buenos Aires, 1550 m elevation, Sierra de Omoa, Depar- tamento de Cortes, Honduras (Fig. 4), col- lected 22 May 1980 by James R. McCranie and Larry David Wilson. Paratypes. KU 219925-30, all adult males, KU 219931-36, all subadult males, KU 219937-47, all adult females, KU 219948-49, all subadult females, all from the type locality, 1530-1720 m elevation. 
CommentSpecies group: Norops auratus Species Group (fide Nicholson et al. 2012)

Abundance: only known from the type locality (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe name amplisquamosus is from the Latin words amplus (large) and squama (scale) and the Latin suffix -osus (full of or augmented). The name alludes to the distinctive large dorsal scales of this species. 
  • Brown, Tom W.; John David Curlis, George Lonsdale, Cameron Thorpe, and Alexander Hoad 2018. Color change in the gorgetal scales of an anole, Anolis amplisquamosus (Squamata: Dactyloidae). IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 25 (2): 127–128 - get paper here
  • Hofmann, E. P., & Townsend, J. H. 2017. Origins and biogeography of the Anolis crassulus subgroup (Squamata: Dactyloidae) in the highlands of Nuclear Central America. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 17(1), 267 - get paper here
  • Hofmann, E.P., Townsend, J.H. 2020. Origins and biogeography of the Anolis crassulus subgroup (Squamata: Dactyloidae) in the highlands of Nuclear Central America. BMC Evol Biol 17, 267 (2017) - get paper here
  • Köhler, G. 2000. Reptilien und Amphibien Mittelamerikas, Bd 1: Krokodile, Schildkröten, Echsen. Herpeton Verlag, Offenbach, 158 pp.
  • Köhler, G. 2008. Reptiles of Central America. 2nd Ed. Herpeton-Verlag, 400 pp.
  • KÖHLER, GUNTHER 2014. Characters of external morphology used in Anolis taxonomy—Definition of terms, advice on usage, and illustrated examples. Zootaxa 3774 (2): 201–257 - get paper here
  • McCranie J R; Wilson L D; Williams K L 1992. A new species of anole of the Norops crassulus group (Sauria: Polychridae) from northwestern Honduras. Carib. J. Sci. 28 (3-4): 208-215
  • 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. 2018. The Lizards, Crocodiles, and Turtles of Honduras. Systematics, Distribution, and Conservation. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Special Publication Series (2): 1- 666 - 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
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - 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
  • NICHOLSON, KIRSTEN E.; BRIAN I. CROTHER, CRAIG GUYER & JAY M. SAVAGE 2018. Translating a clade based classification into one that is valid under the international code of zoological nomenclature: the case of the lizards of the family Dactyloidae (Order Squamata). Zootaxa 4461 (4): 573–586 - get paper here
  • Poe, S. 2013. 1986 Redux: New genera of anoles (Squamata: Dactyloidae) are unwarranted. Zootaxa 3626 (2): 295–299 - 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, Josiah H.; Larry David Wilson 2009. New Species of Cloud Forest Anolis (Squamata: Polychrotidae) in the crassulus Group from Parque Nacional Montaña de Yoro, Honduras. Copeia, 2009 (1): 62-70 - get paper here
  • Wilson, L.D. & McCranie, J.R. 2003. The herpetofauna of the cloud forests of Honduras. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 3 (1): 34-48 - get paper here
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