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Higher TaxaDactyloidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Copper Anole 
SynonymAnolis cupreus HALLOWELL 1860: 481
Anolis hoffmanni PETERS 1863: 142
Anolis cupreus — BOULENGER 1885: 80
Anolis cupreus — STUART 1963
Anolis cupreus hoffmanni FITCH et al. 1972: 16
Anolis cupreus spilomelas FITCH, ECHELLE & ECHELLE 1972: 17
Anolis cupreus spilomelas — FITCH 1976
Anolis cupreus spilomelas — FITCH & HILLIS 1984
Anolis cupreus dariense FITCH & SEIGEL 1984: 6
Norops cupreus — GUYER & SAVAGE 1986
Anolis cupreus — KÖHLER 2000: 62
Norops cupreus — NICHOLSON 2002
Norops dariense — SAVAGE 2002
Norops dariense — MCCRANIE et al. 2006
Norops dariense — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Norops cupreus — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Norops dariense — SUNYER 2014
Norops cupreus — MCCRANIE & KÖHLER 2015: 55
Anolis cupreus — NICHOLSON et al. 2018
Norops dariense — NICHOLSON et al. 2018 
DistributionHonduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica

Type locality: Nicaragua

dariense: Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama; Type locality: Puente Carlos Fonseca Amador on W side of divide between Boaco and Camoapa, Dep. de Boaco, Nicaragua.

hoffmanni: Costa Rica; Type locality: “Costa Rica”; restricted to “Cartago, Cartago Province, Costa Rica, by FITCH et al. 1972.

spilomelas: Costa Rica; Type locality: Quepos, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica.  
TypesSyntypes: USNM 12211, INHS (= UIMNH) 40733; C. Wright; December 14, 1903.
Holotype: KU (given as UKNHM) 195081, adult male [dariense]
Holotype: ZMB 4687, erroneously listed as ZMB 4690 by FITCH 1972 [hoffmanni]
Holotype: KU 140593, paratypes: CAS, MCZ, KU, H.S. Fitch 1970. [spilomelas] 
CommentSubspecies: Anolis cupreus macrophallus WERNER has been elevated to species status by KÖHLER & KREUTZ 1999.

Distribution: Mertens 1952 lists this species also for El Salvador. Stuart 1963 lists the species for Guatemala.

Synonymy: MCCRANIE & KÖHLER 2015: 56 conclude that N. dariense is a synonym of N. cupreus. Although differences in mean values in some characters were documented, there was still large overlap between the two nominal forms in all characters examined.

Species group: Norops auratus Species Group (fide Nicholson et al. 2012, 2018) 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “cupreus” = copper, often used for reddish colors.
N. dariense is named after the Cordillera Dariense where this (sub-) species occurs. 
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