Anolis wellbornae AHL, 1940
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|Higher Taxa||Dactyloidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Anolis ustus wellbornae AHL 1940: 246|
Anolis sallaei — SCHMIDT 1928
Anolis sericeus wellbornae — STUART 1955
Anolis sallaei wellbornae — ALVAREZ DEL TORO & SMITH 1956: 7
Anolis sericeus — MERTENS 1952
Norops sericeus — KÖHLER et al. 2006
Anolis wellbornae — KÖHLER & VESELY 2010
Norops wellbornae — NICHOLSON et al. 2012
Norops wellbornae — MCCRANIE & KÖHLER 2015: 205
Norops wellbornae — NICHOLSON et al. 2018
|Distribution||NW Nicaragua, El Salvador, S Honduras, Guatemala (Pacific versant); 1-1050 m elevation|
Type locality: “‘San Salvador, El Salvador.’’
|Types||Holotype: ZMB 35710, male|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A medium-sized species (SVL in largest specimen 49.7 mm) of the genus Anolis (sensu Poe, 2004) that differs from all Central American species of this genus except A. sericeus and the new species described herein by the following combination of characters: male dewlap yellowish orange with large blue-to-purple blotch; short legged (longest toe of adpressed hindlimb reaches to a point between shoulder and tympanum, rarely beyond tympanum); tympanum very small (less than one fourth the size of interparietal plate); anterior superciliary conspicuously large and elongate; ventral scales strongly keeled and mucronate. Anolis wellbornae differs from A. sericeus by having a male dewlap that is larger than 100 mm2 (smaller than 50 mm2 in male A. sericeus) and no dewlap in females (a female dewlap of approximately the same size as the male dewlap in A. sericeus). Additionally, the hemipenis of A. wellbornae has a distinct asulcate ridge (no such ridge in A. sericeus). For differences between A. wellbornae and the new species described herein, see the Diagnosis of A. unilobatus (Köhler & Vesely 2010: 215).|
|Comment||Species group: Norops auratus Species Group (fide Nicholson et al. 2012)|
Synonymy: Mertens (1952) placed Anolis ustus wellbornae in the synonymy of Anolis (Norops) sericeus (Hallowell). Köhler and Vesely (2010) resurrected N. wellbornae from that synonymy.
Similar species: A. sericeus, A. unilobatus.
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