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Liolaemus abdalai QUINTEROS, 2012

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Higher TaxaLiolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLiolaemus abdalai QUINTEROS 2012
Liolaemus lemniscatus — CEI 1986: 262
Liolaemus lemniscatus — DONOSO-BARROS 1966: 195
Liolaemus lemniscatus — LOBO & ABDALA 2001: 135
Liolaemus lemniscatus — LOBO & ABDALA 2002: 139
LLiolaemus lemniscatus — LOBO & ESPINOZA 1999: 123
Liolaemus bibronii population 6 — MORANDO et al. 2007: 955 
DistributionArgentina (Neuquén)

Type locality: Ruta Provincial 23, 8 km N of Pilolil, shore of Aluminé River, Huiliches Department, Neuquén Province, Argentina, 39°22’29’’S, 70°57’21’’W.  
TypesHolotype: MCN-UNSa (=MCN) 2741: adult male; Paratypes.—MCN 2739-40, 2742–43, FML 7843–44: same data as for holotype. MCN 2744–50: Ruta Provincial 11, 0.2 km W of Arroyo Remeco ́, Alumine ́ Department, Neuquén Province, Argentina, 39°02’S, 71*21’W. Collected 11 January 1999 by C. Abdala, L. Ávila, F. Lobo, and M. Morando. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small (50.2 mm maximum SVL) slender Liolaemus belonging to the alticolor–bibronii group. Liolaemus abdalai is geographically isolated from L. alticolor, L. bitaeniatus, L. chaltin, L. incaicus, L. paga- buroi, L. paulinae, L. puna, L. ramirezae, L. tacnae, L. variegatus, L. walkeri, and L. yanalcu. The new taxon differs from L. chaltin, L. paulinae, L. pyriphlogos, L. tacnae, L. walkeri, and L. yanalcu in the number of scales around midbody (33–40 vs. 40–59, respectively). The number of dorsal scales (from occiput to hind limbs) distinguishes L. abdalai (34–42) from L. chaltin, L. paulinae, L. puna, L. tacnae, and L. yanalcu (42–55). The temporal scales are keeled in L. abdalai (Fig. 7), being smooth in L. paulinae, L. puna, L. tacnae, and L. walkeri. The keeled neck scales in L. abdalai distinguish it from L. walkeri and L. yanalcu (smooth). Females of L. abdalai lack precloacal pores, present in females of L. bitaeniatus, L. incaicus, L. ramirezae, L. variegatus, and L. yanalcu. Paravertebral spots are present in L. abdalai, absent in L. alticolor, L. chaltin, L. puna, L. ramirezae, and L. walkeri. Those spots are square-shaped in L. abdalai, showing a different shape in L. pyriphlogos, L. tacnae, L. variegatus (line-shaped), and L. paulinae (rounded, when present). The vertebral line is absent in L. abdalai, being present in L. alticolor, L. chaltin, L. incaicus, L. paulinae (when present), L. pagaburoi, L. puna, L. pyriphlogos, L. ramirezae, L. tacnae, L. variegatus, L. walkeri, and L. yanalcu. Lio- laemus abdalai differs from L. lemniscatus (the morphologically most similar species) in the number of scales around midbody (mean 5 42.1; SD 5 2.3 in L. lemniscatus vs. mean 5 36.6; SD 5 2.4 in L. abdalai), the number of ventral scales (mean 5 78.9; SD 5 6.2 in L. lemniscatus vs. mean 5 70.5; SD 5 4.7 in L. abdalai; P , 0.01), and number of gular scales (mean 5 32.3; SD 5 2.7 in L. lemniscatus vs. mean 5 26.6; SD 5 1.5 in L. abdalai); the temporal scales are slightly keeled in L. lemniscatus, whereas in L. abdalai they are markedly keeled. In L. abdalai there are three lorilabial scales that contact the subocular scale, whereas in L. lemniscatus there are four. The lateral field of L. lemniscatus is yellow or orange, whereas L. abdalai has a brown lateral field. Among the other members of the L. bibronii group, L. abdalai is distinguished by the absence of a black vertebral line, present in L. bibronii, L. fuscus, L. gracilis, and L. hernani. The head surface is rough in L. abdalai, which distinguishes it from L. gracilis, L. hernani, L. sanjuanensis (smooth head surface), and from L. explor- atorum and L. fuscus (slightly rough). The temporal scales of L. abdalai are strongly keeled, whereas L. bibronii, and L. fuscus have slightly keeled temporal scales; these scales are smooth in L. gracilis and L. sanjuanensis. The number of scales around midbody is lower in L. abdalai (33–40) than in L. bibronii, L. exploratorum, and L. fuscus (40–59) [QUINTEROS 2012]. 
EtymologyThe name of this species is in honor of Cristian Abdala, in recognition of his important contributions to our knowledge of the systematics of Liolaemus, for his assistance in the field, and mainly for his friendship. 
  • Abdala, Cristian Simón; Andrés Sebastián Quinteros, and Romina Valeria Semham 2015. A New Species of Liolaemus of the Liolaemus alticolor-bibronii Group (Iguania: Liolaemidae) from Mendoza, Argentina. South American J. Herp. 10 (2): 104-115, doi: 10.2994/SAJH-D-14-00033.1 - get paper here
  • AVILA, LUCIANO JAVIER; LORENA ELIZABETH MARTINEZ & MARIANA MORANDO 2013. Checklist of lizards and amphisbaenians of Argentina: an update. Zootaxa 3616 (3): 201–238 - get paper here
  • Kwet, Axel 2013. Liste der im Jahr 2012 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2013 (3): 52-67 - get paper here
  • Quinteros, Andrés Sebastián 2012. Taxonomy of the Liolaemus alticolor–bibronii Group (Iguania: Liolaemidae), with Descriptions of Two New Species. Herpetologica 68 (1): 100-120 - get paper here
  • QUINTEROS, ANDRÉS SEBASTIÁN 2013. A morphology-based phylogeny of the Liolaemus alticolor–bibronii group (Iguania: Liolaemidae). Zootaxa 3670: 1-32 - get paper here
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