Out with Dactyloidae, in with Anolidae – Anole Annals


The acquainted identify “Dactyloidae” isn’t any extra, as “Anolidae” is the taxonomically acceptable nomenclature for the household beneath the Zoological Code. In consequence, all anoles, such because the A. porcatus above, are actually a part of the household Anolidae.

In a current paper in Herpetological Evaluate, 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 under:

Below rank-based nomenclature, Anolis is at present assigned to the household Dactyloidae beneath the premise that Dactyloidae is the oldest identify within the household group primarily based on the identify of a genus included in that taxon (even when that genus will not be acknowledged by subsequent authors who acknowledge the household). The identify Dactyloidae Fitzinger 1843 has been thought-about to have precedence over Anolidae, which has been attributed to Cope (1864). Nonetheless, Cope (1864) will not be the unique creator of the identify Anolidae, which was proposed some 28 years earlier by Cocteau (1836) in a publication that has been missed by current authors. Anolidae Cocteau 1836 has precedence over Dactyloidae Fitzinger 1843, and due to this fact Anolidae is the legitimate (appropriate) identify of the household that accommodates the genus Anolis. The publication by Cocteau (1836) additionally establishes that Cocteau, and never Duméril and Bibron (1837), is the creator of the species identify Anolis loysiana (initially proposed as Acantholis loysiana).

New literature alert!

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

Take a look at the complete article in Herpetological Evaluate

de Queiroz (2022)

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