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31 December 2018 A Cryptic New Species of Anole (Squamata: Dactyloidae) from the Lenca Highlands of Honduras, Previously Referred to as Norops crassulus ()
Erich P. Hofmann , Josiah H. Townsend
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Abstract

We describe a cryptic new species of Norops Wagler, 1830, Norops caceresae, from mixed transitional and broadleaf cloud forest formations in the Lenca Highlands of southwestern Honduras. This population was previously considered conspecific with Norops crassulus (Cope, 1864) of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico, despite it being entirely disjunct (> 100 km) from any of those populations. Recent molecular work revealed consistent, deep mitochondrial and nuclear distinctiveness between this population and all other anoles of the N. crassulus species group, prompting a thorough morphological investigation of this population. This new species is most similar in external morphology to N. crassulus sensu stricto, but is readily distinguished by molecular distinctiveness, distribution, and morphology.

Erich P. Hofmann and Josiah H. Townsend "A Cryptic New Species of Anole (Squamata: Dactyloidae) from the Lenca Highlands of Honduras, Previously Referred to as Norops crassulus ()," Annals of Carnegie Museum 85(2), 91-111, (31 December 2018). https://doi.org/10.2992/007.085.0201
Published: 31 December 2018
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Chortís Block
lizard
Mesoamerica
morphology
Nuclear Central America
Reptilia
taxonomy
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