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A Second Anolis incredulus Specimen Seems! – Anole Annals


    mCT reconstruction of the second specimen (USNM 5095) of Anolis incredulus (from de Queiroz et al. 2023).

    Anolis incredulus, a poorly recognized Cuban species from the angusticeps species group, is lonely no extra. In a latest paper, de Queiroz et al. (2023) report the invention of a further specimen of A. incredulus collected greater than 100 years previous to the gathering of the holotype. The extra specimen (USNM 5095) was tucked away within the Smithsonian’s assortment and wasn’t found till co-author Esther Langan seen that specimens in a collection labeled as A. guazuma truly appeared to comprise two separate taxa. Upon investigation, one specimen specifically–USNM 5095–was concluded to seemingly symbolize the second specimen of A. incredulus. Of their paper, de Queiroz et al. redescribe the morphology of this species, infer its phylogenetic place utilizing morphological characters, and observe the paucity of ecological information for this anole. Give it a learn, it’s open entry in Zootaxa!


    New literature alert!

    Now not doubtful: Discovery of a second specimen corroborates the validity of Anolis incredulus Garrido and Moreno 1998 (Reptilia, Iguania)

    In Zootaxa

    de Queiroz, Huie, and Langan (2023)



    The species Anolis incredulus was proposed primarily based on a single, poorly preserved specimen from the Sierra Maestra (mountain vary) of southeastern Cuba. As its title suggests, this species was thought-about prone to increase doubts when it was first proposed, and it has been explicitly handled by some latest authors as a species inquirenda (a species of uncertain id). Right here we report on a second specimen of Anolis incredulus found within the amphibian and reptile assortment of the Nationwide Museum of Pure Historical past (Smithsonian Establishment) that was collected greater than 100 years earlier than the holotype. We describe this specimen intimately and evaluate it each with the outline of the holotype of A. incredulus and with presumed carefully associated Cuban species, offering proof that it matches carefully with the previous and is distinct from the latter, thus corroborating the standing of A. incredulus as a legitimate species. We additionally rating and measure the specimen for units of morphological characters to make inferences about its phylogenetic relationships and ecology (structural habitat use). Our outcomes point out that Anolis incredulus is probably going a member of a clade of principally Cuban twig-anole species and that it’s a member of the twig ecomorph class, though its reported inexperienced coloration suggests both an misguided ecomorph task or a distinction in colour from that of most different species of Cuban twig anoles.



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