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Higher TaxaDactyloidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Purple Anole 
SynonymAnolis purpurescens COPE 1899: 7
Anolis purpurescens — TAYLOR 1956: 75
Anolis chocorum WILLIAMS & DUELLMAN 1967
Anolis chocorum — PETERS et al. 1970: 51
Anolis purpurescens — PETERS et al. 1970: 64
Dactyloa chocorum — GUYER & SAVAGE 1986
Anolis purpurescens — WILLIAMS 1988
Dactyloa chocorum — KÖHLER 2000: 59
Dactyloa chocorum — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Dactyloa purpurescens — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Dactyloa purpurescens — NICHOLSON et al. 2018 
DistributionEcuador, N Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica

Type locality: Río Truando, Colombia.

chocorum: E Panama (Darién), Colombia (forest of lowlands 20-700m at Pacific Coast; Chocó), Costa Rica; Type locality: Río Tuira at Quebreda La Plata, Darién, Panama, elevation 100 m.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 4321
Holotype: KU 96934, adult male [chocorum] 
CommentSynonymy: Species status still unconfirmed (fide Williams 1988). Not listed by KÖHLER 2000. Populations of these species from Panama have been assigned to A. ibanezi. Batista et al. (2015) synonymized chocorum with purpurescens.

Distribution: not in Costa Rica fide Bolaños (pers. comm.). Possibly in Panama but without verified records.

Species group: Dactyloa latifrons species group (NICHOLSON et al. 2012).

NCBI Tax ID: 1091128 (originally assigned to chocorum) 
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  • Cope, E.D. 1899. Contributions to the herpetology of New Granada and Argentina, with descriptions of new forms. Philadelphia Mus. Sci. Bull. (1): 1-19 - get paper here
  • Köhler, G. 2000. Reptilien und Amphibien Mittelamerikas, Bd 1: Krokodile, Schildkröten, Echsen. Herpeton Verlag, Offenbach, 158 pp.
  • Myers, C. W. 1971. A new species of green anole (Reptilia: Sauria) from the North Coast of Veraguas, Panamá. American Museum Novitates 2470: 1-14 - 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
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  • Poe, S. 2013. 1986 Redux: New genera of anoles (Squamata: Dactyloidae) are unwarranted. Zootaxa 3626 (2): 295–299 - get paper here
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