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Anolis nicefori (DUNN, 1944)

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Higher TaxaDactyloidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Niceforo's Andes Anole 
SynonymPhenacosaurus nicefori DUNN 1944: 59
Phenacosaurus nicefori — MYERS & DONNELLY 1996: 40
Phenacosaurus nicefori —JACKMAN et al. 1997
Anolis nicefori — POE 1998
Anolis nicefori — NICHOLSON et al. 2005
Dactyloa nicefori — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Dactyloa nicefori — NICHOLSON et al. 2018 
DistributionVenezuela (Sierra de Perija), Colombia

Type locality: “Humba, Department of Boyacá, Colombia; in the open country about 170 kilometers north of Bogota” (fide Barbour 1932); other sources give “vicinity of Pamplona, Norte de Santander”.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 32322; paratype: MCZ 32323 
CommentSynonymy: WILLIAMS 1970 synonymized Anolis incompertus nicefori BARBOUR 1932 with Anolis tropidogaster.

Species groups: Dactyloa heteroderma species group (fide NICHOLSON et al. 2012).

Lazell 1969: 12 listed this species with DUNN 1944 as author. 
EtymologyNamed after Brother Niceforo Maria (1888-1980), born Antoine Rouhaire, a French missionary in Colombia (where he used his monastic name). He went from France to Medellin (1908) and was given the task offorming a natural history museum (1913) (after Beolens et al. 2011). 
  • Barbour, Thomas 1932. New Anoles. Proc. New England Zool. Club 12: 97-102 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Dunn, Emmett R. 1944. Herpetology of the Bogota area. Revista de la Academia Colombiana de Ciencias Exacta, Fisicas y Naturales 6: 68-81
  • Dunn,E.R. 1944. The lizard genus Phenacosaurus. Caldasia 3: 57-62 - get paper here
  • Jackman, T. et al. 1997. Phylogenetic studies of convergent adaptive radiations in Caribbean Anolis lizards. in T. J. Givnish & K.J. Sytsma (eds.) Molecular Evolution and adaptive radiation, CAmbridge University Press, pp. 535-557 - get paper here
  • Lazell,J.D., Jr. 1969. The genus Phenacosaurus (Sauria, Iguanidae). Breviora (325): 1-24 - get paper here
  • Myers, C. W. & M. A. DONNELLY 1996. A New Herpetofauna from Cerro Yaví, Venezuela: First results of the Robert G. Goelet American-Terramar Expedition to the Northwestern Tepuis. American Museum Novitates 3172: 1-56. - get paper here
  • Nicholson, K. E., R. E. Glor, J. J. Kolbe, A. Larson, S. B. Hedges, and J. B. Losos 2005. Mainland colonization by island lizards. Journal of Biogeography 32: 929–938 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Poe, S. 2004. Phylogeny of anoles. Herpetological Monographs 18: 37-89 - get paper here
  • Poe, S. 2013. 1986 Redux: New genera of anoles (Squamata: Dactyloidae) are unwarranted. Zootaxa 3626 (2): 295–299 - get paper here
  • Poe, Steven 1998. Skull characters and the cladistic relationships of the Hispaniolan dwarf twig Anolis. Herpetological Monographs 12: 192-236 - get paper here
  • RIVAS, GILSON A.; CÉSAR R. MOLINA, GABRIEL N. UGUETO, TITO R. BARROS, CÉSAR L. BAR- RIO-AMORÓS & PHILIPPE J. R. KOK 2012. Reptiles of Venezuela: an updated and commented checklist. Zootaxa 3211: 1–64 - get paper here
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