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Higher TaxaAnolidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Greater Scaly Anole
S: Anolis Escamoso 
SynonymAnolis tropidonotus PETERS 1863
Norops tropidonotus — O’SHAUGHNESSY 1869
Norops auratus O’SHAUGHNESSY 1869 (non DAUDIN, fide BOULENGER)
Anolis metallicus BOCOURT 1873 (fide STUART 1955: 28)
Anolis tropidonotus — BOULENGER 1885: 83
Norops yucatanicus BARBOUR & COLE 1906: 149 (fide SMITH & TAYLOR 1950)
Anolis tropidonotus — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970
Norops tropidonotus — VILLA et al. 1988
Norops tropidonotus — LINER 1994
Norops tropidonotus — KÖHLER 2000: 64
Norops tropidonotus — NICHOLSON 2002
Anolis tropidonotus — LINER 2007
Norops tropidonotus — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Norops tropidonotus — MCCRANIE & KÖHLER 2015: 177
Norops tropidonotus — NICHOLSON et al. 2018 
DistributionMexico (N Oaxaca, S Veracruz, Yucatan, Campeche, Quintana Roo, Puebla), Guatemala, Belize; elevation: 80-940 m

Type locality: “Huanusco” [sic]; probably = Huatusco, Veracruz fide Smith and Taylor (1950: 60)

yucatanicus: Mexico (Yucatan), Type locality: “Chichen-Itza, Yucatan,” Mexico  
TypesLectotype: ZMB 382 (designated by Stuart 1955: 27); syntypes: MCZ R-119960, R-119961
Holotype: INHS (= UIMNH) 37972, adult male [spilorhipis]
Syntypes: MNHN-RA 2890 and 1994.987, formerly MNHN 2890 and 2890A [Anolis metallicus]
Syntypes: MCZ R-7036, R-119960–61, two adults and one juvenile, all three formerly under number MCZ 7036 [Anolis yucatanicus] 
CommentSynonymy: O’SHAUGHNESSY 1869: 187 synonymized Anolis tropidonotus with N. auratus. Populations from Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador have been assigned to other species, e.g. Norops wilsoni, N. mccraniei (see KÖHLER et al. 2016: 27 (Fig. 9). Mulcahy et al. 2022 discovered a study (Köhler et al. 2016) with 52 associated sequences submitted to GenBank as A. tropidonotus, of which only four were considered A. tropidonotus by the submitting authors, i.e. Köhler et al. 2016. The others 48 sequences represent two newly named species (A. mccranei and A. wilsoni) and a third resurrected species (A. spilorhipis).

Subspecies: Anolis tropidonotus spilorhipis ALVAREZ DEL TORO & SMITH 1956 has been elevated to full species status by KÖHLER et al. 2016.

Distribution: see map in KÖHLER et al. 2016: 27 (Fig. 9).

Relative abundance in Honduras: common

Species group: Norops auratus Species Group (fide Nicholson et al. 2012). Norops tropidonotus complex: N. compressicauda, N. tropidonotus, N. wampuensis, Norops mccraniei, Norops wilsoni, N. spilorhipis fide Köhler et al. 2016. 
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