Out with Dactyloidae, in with Anolidae – Anole Annals

The acquainted title “Dactyloidae” is not any extra, as “Anolidae” is the taxonomically applicable nomenclature for the household below the Zoological Code. Because of this, all anoles, such because the A. porcatus above, at the moment are a part of the household Anolidae.

In a current paper in Herpetological Assessment, Kevin de Queiroz clarifies the household nomenclature of the clade containing Anolis lizards.

Kevin has kindly offered the next summary to Anole Annals for his article beneath:

Beneath rank-based nomenclature, Anolis is presently assigned to the household Dactyloidae below the premise that Dactyloidae is the oldest title within the household group primarily based on the title of a genus included in that taxon (even when that genus just isn’t acknowledged by subsequent authors who acknowledge the household). The title Dactyloidae Fitzinger 1843 has been thought of to have precedence over Anolidae, which has been attributed to Cope (1864). Nonetheless, Cope (1864) just isn’t the unique writer of the title Anolidae, which was proposed some 28 years earlier by Cocteau (1836) in a publication that has been neglected by current authors. Anolidae Cocteau 1836 has precedence over Dactyloidae Fitzinger 1843, and due to this fact Anolidae is the legitimate (right) title of the household that incorporates the genus Anolis. The publication by Cocteau (1836) additionally establishes that Cocteau, and never Duméril and Bibron (1837), is the writer of the species title Anolis loysiana (initially proposed as Acantholis loysiana).

New literature alert!

The Right Identify for the Taxon Ranked as a Household Containing the Genus Anolis below Rank-based Nomenclature and the Creator of the Identify Anolis loysiana

Take a look at the total article in Herpetological Assessment

de Queiroz (2022)

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