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Higher TaxaDactyloidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Cuban Twig Anole 
SynonymAnolis augusticeps [sic] HALLOWELL 1856: 228, 237
Anolis angusticeps — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 217
Anolis angusticeps angusticeps — ESTRADA 1998
Anolis angusticeps — RODRÍGUEZ SCHETTINO 1999: 227
Anolis angusticeps angusticeps — FLASCHENDRÄGER 2002
Anolis angusticeps — NICHOLSON et al. 2005
Anolis angusticeps angusticeps — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Anolis angusticeps — NICHOLSON et al. 2018 
DistributionCuba, Isla de la Juventud, Archipiélago de Sabana-Camagüey, Archipiélago de los Canarreos, Cayos de San Felipe, Archipiélago de los Coborados.

Type locality: Cienfuegos, Cienfuegos Province, Cuba.  
TypesHolotype: ANSP 7789 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size small (SVL in males to 53 mm, in females to 47 mm); total
loreals 14-44; scales between supraorbitals 0-3; 0-2 (strongly modally 1) scales between interparietal and supraorbital semicircles; 8 postrostrals; 3-8 postmentals; suboculars not in contact with supralabials; more than 5 scales in third caudal verticil; head scales smooth in males, sinuously rugose (or smooth, by subspecies) in females; dorsal and lateral scales granular, equal in size, smooth; ventrals smooth (at times keeled) in transverse and diagonal rows; supradigital scales smooth; body slightly compressed dorsoventrally; limbs short; tail round in cross section. Dorsum grayish to yellowish brown or dark brown; pattern variable but usually with some longitudinal markings, obliterated in dark phase; dorsal pattern includes transverse black markings (rather like crossbars but irregular), pair of pale gray dorsolateral lines, lateral yellow striae, a black butterfly-shaped lumbar spot; 3 yellow or light spots often present on posterior surface of thigh; venter white to whitish or yellow, with scattered dark markings; tail at times crossbanded; dewlap pale orange, yellowish orange, peach, apricot, yellow (Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 217). 
CommentIllustrations: Cope, 1895 (as A. oligaspis); Barbour and Ramsden, 1919; Hardy, 1967; Peters and Schubert, 1968, Flaschendräger 2002.

Species group: Anolis angusticeps species group (fide NICHOLSON et al. 2012). 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “angustus, -a, -um” = narrow and the abbreviated term “-ceps” for “caput” = head. 
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