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Anolis pigmaequestris GARRIDO, 1975

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Higher TaxaDactyloidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Pygmy Giant Anole, Cayko Frances Anole 
SynonymAnolis pigmaequestris GARRIDO 1975: 4
Anolis pigmaequestris — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 313
Anolis pigmaequestris — RODRÍGUEZ SCHETTINO 1999: 205
Deiroptyx pigmaequestris — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Deiroptyx pigmaequestris — NICHOLSON et al. 2018 

Type locality: Cayo Francés, Archipiélago de Sabana-Camagüey, Caibarién, Villa Clara Province, Cuba.  
TypesHolotype: CZACC (= IZAC = IZ) 2884. 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size large (SVL in males to 140 mm, in females to 121 mm); size
small (for a member of the A. equestris group); casque less rugose, scale boundaries more discernible; auricular opening larger; vertical dorsals 13-18; caudal scales 16-20; supra- and infralabials 9-12; 36-45 digital lamellae under 4th toe; dewlap present in both sexes. Dorsum (male) generally clear green, especially on limbs and at base of tail; upper and lateral portions of dorsum very dark brown, almost black; neck gray, contrasting with dark head, loreals, and black postorbital spot; infra- and supralabials grayish, spotted with brown; a prominent yellow postlabial band as far as auricular opening; axillary band white; eyelids black; tail generally green with diffuse brown bands in distinct verticils; throat, chest, venter, and inferior surfaces of limbs and tail pale, clear green; dewlap in both sexes, pale pink, interior scales pink in males; females with venter uniform lemon-yellow; dewlap with greenish border, pale pink toward base in females; axillary stripe yellow; postocular blotch black; eyelids white, with a dark grayish spot over eye; casque ashy gray, darker than neck; supra- and infralabials uniform lemon-yellow (Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 313). 
CommentFor illustrations see Garrido, 1975.

Species group: Deiroptyx equestris species group (fide NICHOLSON et al. 2012). 
  • Garrido, O. H. 1975. Nuevos reptiles del archipielago cubano. Poeyana 141:1-58.
  • 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. 2013. 1986 Redux: New genera of anoles (Squamata: Dactyloidae) are unwarranted. Zootaxa 3626 (2): 295–299 - get paper here
  • Rodríguez Schettino, Lourdes, Carlos A. Mancina & Vilma Rivalta González 2013. REPTILES OF CUBA: CHECKLIST AND GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTIONS. Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (144): 1-96 - get paper here
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
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