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Anolis barkeri (SCHMIDT, 1939)

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Higher TaxaAnolidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Barker's Anole
S: Abaniquillo Arroyero 
SynonymNorops barkeri SCHMIDT 1939
Norops barkeri — LINER 1994
Norops barkeri — KÖHLER 2000: 62
Anolis barkeri — POWELL & BIRT 2001
Norops barkeri — NICHOLSON 2002
Anolis barkeri — LINER 2007
Norops barkeri — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Norops barkeri — NICHOLSON et al. 2018 
DistributionSE Mexico (Tabasco [HR 29: 248], Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas)

Type locality: Cascajal, Upper Uzpanapa River, Vera Cruz, Mexico  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1936.6.6.12 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A large Anolis with compressed body, allied to Anolis jacare. A very large throat-fan; the supraorbital semicircles well developed, separated by two or three scales; occipital enlarged, separated from the semicircles by four scales; dorsal scales small, keeled; laterals smaller, smooth, and ventrals a little larger, keeled; tail compressed, with two rows of scales forming the dorsal carination; a light lateral stripe.
CommentIllustration on back cover of Iguana (Rundschreiben) 15 (1).

Species group: Norops auratus Species Group (fide Nicholson et al. 2012)

Habitat: semi-aquatic; Anolis barkeri is perhaps the most distinctive species of Mexican Anolis, related to its semi-aquatic lifestyle. It is found along clear, fast-moving streams and rivers. A. barkeri escapes pursuers by diving and swimming. This unusual ecology is paralleled by morphological traits such as nearly nonexistent toepads, a long narrow body, and a strongly compressed tail with two middorsal rows of scales (Gray et al. 2016). 
Etymologynamed after the collector of the holotype, R. Wright Barker. 
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  • Brandon, R. A., ALTIG, R. G., & ALBERT, E. H. 1966. Anolis barkeri in Chiapas, México. Herpetologica 22 (2): 156-57. - get paper here
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  • Gray, Levi; Meza-Lázaro, Rubi; Poe, Steven; de Oca, Adrián Nieto-Montes 2016. A new species of semiaquatic Anolis (Squamata: Dactyloidae) from Oaxaca and Veracruz, Mexico. The Herpetological Journal 26 (4): 253-262 - get paper here
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