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Anolis loveridgei SCHMIDT, 1936

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Higher TaxaDactyloidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Loveridge's Anole 
SynonymAnolis loveridgei SCHMIDT 1936
Norops loveridgei — VILLA et al. 1988
Norops loveridgei — KÖHLER 2000: 63
Norops loveridgei — NICHOLSON 2002
Norops loveridgei — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Norops loveridgei — MCCRANIE & KÖHLER 2015: 101
Norops loveridgei — NICHOLSON et al. 2018 
DistributionHonduras (Yoro); elevation: 830-1580 m

Type locality: “Portillo Grande” (=El Portillo) and “Mataderos Mts.” (=Monte Mataderos), Departamento de Yoro, Honduras.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 38700 
DiagnosisNorops loveridgei may be distinguished from all species of Norops by the following combination of characters: giant size, adults to 118 mm SVL; frontal scales weakly keeled; 4-6 scales between supraorbital semicircles; 5–8 scales between interparietal and supraorbital semicircles; 9-12 horizontal loreal rows; anterior suboculars separated from supralabials; ear opening large. ca. 3 times size of interparietal; ventrals obtusely keeled; > 160 scales around midbody; no enlarged postanal scales in males; nuchal, dorsal, and caudal crests well-developed in males; tail laterally compressed in males; male dewlap large, extending past axillary area; male dewlap Spectrum Orange with Magenta streaks. 
CommentRelative abundance in Honduras: common

Species group: Norops auratus Species Group (fide Nicholson et al. 2012) 
EtymologyNamed after Arthur Loveridge (1891, Penarth, Glamorgan, Wales - 1980, St. Helena), American herpetologist. 
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  • 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
  • Luque-Montes, Ileana R. and Josiah H. Townsend. 2016. Geographic Distribution: Norops loveridgei (Honduran Giant Ameiva). Herpetological Review 47 (2): 258 - get paper here
  • McCranie J R & Cruz G A 1993. Rediscovery of the Honduran Giant Anole—Norops loveridgei (Sauria: Polychridae). Carib. J. Sci. 28 (3-4): 233-234
  • 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. 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
  • Nicholson KE, C. Guyer, and JG Phillips 2017. Biogeographic Origin of Mainland Norops (Squamata: Dactyloidae). Assumptions Inhibiting Progress in Comparative Biology (eds. Crother and Parenti), pp. 169–184
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  • NICHOLSON, KIRSTEN E.; BRIAN I. CROTHER, CRAIG GUYER & JAY M. SAVAGE 2012. It is time for a new classification of anoles (Squamata: Dactyloidae). Zootaxa 3477: 1–108 - 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
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