Tuesday, March 12, 2013

[Herpetology • 2012] Anolis sierramaestrae • a new species of of “Anolis chamaeleolis” species group (Squamata: Polychrotidae) from Eastern Cuba

 A new species of anole, Anolis sierramaestrae sp. nov., belonging to the “chamaeleolis” species group of the family Polychrotidae, is described from the mountain region in the vicinity of La Mula village, Santiago de Cuba province, Cuba. The species represents the sixth so far known species of the “chamaeleolis” species group. It resembles Anolis chamaeleonides Duméril et Bibron, 1837, but differs markedly in larger body size, long and narrow head shape, higher number of barb-like scales on dewlap, small number of large lateral scales on the body and dark-blue coloration of the eyes. 

Key words. Taxonomy, new species, herpetofauna, Polychrotidae, Chamaeleolis, Anolis,Great Antilles, Caribbean, Neotropical region.

Veronika Holáňová, Ivan Rehák & Daniel frynta. 2012. Anolis sierramaestrae sp. nov. (Squamata: Polychrotidae) of the “chamaeleolis” species group from Eastern Cuba. Acta Societatis Zoologicae Bohemicae (Acta Soc. Zool. Bohem.) 76: 45–52.  http://www.anoleannals.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Holanova-et-al.-Anolis_sierramaestrae.2012.pdf