A New Species of Anolis (Squamata: Polychrotidae) from Chiapas, Mexico.

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1996
Authors:Nieto Montes De Oca, A
Journal:Journal of Herpetology
Start Page:19
Keywords:Anolis alvarezdeltoroi

A new species of Anolis with smooth midventral scaels is described from the southermost ridge of the Northern Highlands of Chiapas physiographic region, Chiapas, Mexico. The new species is a medium-sized anole with most of the diagnostic characters of the A. schiedii group. The new species differs, however, from all species placed in this group by having narrower digital pads, terminal phalanges of the digits remarkably elongated relative to the penultimate ones, a well-developed dewlap in females, and 24 presacral vertebrae, and by attaining a slightly larger body size. The latter three characters are shared with A. johnmeyeri. The new species is compared with other species with smooth midventral scales in Mexico and northern Central America, and its potential inclusion in the A. schiedii group is also discussed.

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