Distribution: Ecuador (Pichincha), Peru ?
Type locality: “Neighbourhood of Cunuco, a small town at 1200 meters elevation, five kilometers northwest of Mindo, on the south bank of the Rio Mindo, a northern tributary of the upper Rio Blanco, in Pichincha Province, Ecuador”
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Anolis proboscis is a small lizard belonging to the genus Anolis of the family Dactyloidae. It was discovered in 1953 in Ecuador and formally described by Peters and Orces in 1956.
Pinocchio lizard was presumed extinct when it was not seen after the original collections- It was observed by a birding group in 2005. In August 2009, a herpetology expedition led by Dr Steven Poe and accompanied by his graduate students from the University of New Mexico successfully rediscovered the species in a remote region of Ecuador. In total, they found five individuals including three males and the first two females ever seen and collected. Since 2009, several other expeditions, using the information published by Poe et al. have been able to relocate the species in remote regions of Ecuador.
- Mayer, G.C. and Poe, S. (2009). "Anolis proboscis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
- Poe et al. (2009) Morphology, Phylogeny, and Behavior of Anolis proboscis, Brevoioria Museum of Comparative Zoology, Number 530
- Main, D. (2013-10-04). "Once 'Extinct' Pinocchio Lizard Pokes His Nose Out". LiveScience.com. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
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