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Anolis websteri ARNOLD, 1980

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Higher TaxaDactyloidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Yellow-bellied Desert Anole, Webster's Anole 
SynonymAnolis websteri ARNOLD 1980: 21
Anolis websteri — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 356
Anolis websteri — NICHOLSON et al. 2005
Ctenonotus websteri — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Ctenonotus websteri — NICHOLSON et al. 2018 
DistributionHispaniola (NE Haiti)

Type locality: 7.4 km NW Dessalines, Départment de l’Artibonite, Haiti  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 132390, adult male; paratypes: FSFS 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Size small (SVL in males to 51 mm, females to 47 mm); 4-5 (mode
4) rows of loreals; 0-2 (mode 1) scales between interparietal and supraorbital semicircles; 0-1 (strongly modally 0) scales in contact with interparietal; 2-9 postmentals; 1-5 (mode 2) scales in lateral contact with postfrontals; position of "preoccipital" (= preinterparietal) occupied by many small scales; snout scales rectangular to subquadrate and generally paired with 0-5 (mode 1) azygous scales; dorsal scales granular; ventral scales smooth, imbricate; supradigital scales smooth; tail compressed, verticillate. Dorsum gray to dark brown; head and body markings generally dark and diffuse, often disrupted; dorsal chevrons absent; dorsolateral stripes absent; nuchal patches large, dark, without white border; dark interocular bar, dark interparietal U, dark interocular V present when ground color light; interparietal yellow, in strong contrast to dorsal head color; limbs and tail vaguely barred; venter bright yellow to yellow-orange; dewlap orange or orange
with narrow yellow margin, occasionally mustard or pale yellow (Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 356). 
CommentSpecies group: Ctenonotus distichus species group (fide NICHOLSON et al. 2012). 
EtymologyNamed after Thomas Preston Webster III (1947-1975), a student at Harvard. E. E. Williams wrote of him, "He published extensively while he was a graduate student, although he never finished his Ph.D. He died in an auto accident in Montana. 
  • Arnold, D. L. 1980. Geographic variation in Anolis brevirostris (Sauria: Iguanidae) in Hispaniola. Breviora (461): 1-31 - 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
  • 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. 2013. 1986 Redux: New genera of anoles (Squamata: Dactyloidae) are unwarranted. Zootaxa 3626 (2): 295–299 - get paper here
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • Yuan, M. L., M. H. Wake, and I. J. Wang. 2019. Phenotypic integration between claw and toepad traits promotes microhabitat specialization in the Anolis adaptive radiation. Evolution 73: 231–244 - get paper here
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