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Liolaemus avilai BREITMAN, PARRA, PÉREZ & SITES, 2011

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Higher TaxaLiolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymLiolaemus avilae BREITMAN, PARRA, FULVIO-PÉREZ & SITES 2011
Liolaemus lineomaculatus — DONOSO-BARROS & CEI 1971
Liolaemus lineomaculatus — CEI 1975
Liolaemus lineomaculatus — CEI & SCOLARO 1982
Liolaemus lineomaculatus — SCOLARO 1992
Liolaemus avilai — ESPINOZA 2012 (pers. comm.)
Liolaemus avilae — AVILA et al. 2013
Liolaemus avilae — BREITMAN et al. 2013 
DistributionArgentina (Santa Cruz)

Type locality: Lago Buenos Aires plateau, 18.7 SW Puesto Lebrun, Lago Buenos Aires department, Santa Cruz province, Argentina (47°05’29.0” S, 71°01’12.9” W, 1154 m elevation.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: MLP S 2627 (Figure 7), an adult male, L.J. Avila, C.H.F. Pérez, M.F. Breitman and N. Feltrin collectors, 9th January 2008.
Paratypes. LJAMM-CNP 
CommentDiagnosis: see BREITMAN et al. 2011.

Group: lineomaculatus group. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet of this species “avilae” refers to our colleague and the first author’s PhD advisor Dr. Luciano Javier Avila, to honor him after more than fifteen years of research and teaching on the Patagonian herpetofauna. Because Dr. Avila is male, the name has to be changed to “avilai” (R. Espinoza, pers. comm. 24. Apr 2012). 
References
  • AVILA, LUCIANO JAVIER; LORENA ELIZABETH MARTINEZ & MARIANA MORANDO 2013. Checklist of lizards and amphisbaenians of Argentina: an update. Zootaxa 3616 (3): 201–238
  • Breitman, M.F.; Parra, M.; Fulvio Pérez, C.H. & Sites Jr., J.W. 2011. Two new species of lizards from the Liolaemus lineomaculatus section (Squamata: Iguania: Liolaemidae) from southern Patagonia. Zootaxa 3120: 1–28 - get paper here
  • Breitman, María Florencia; Mariana Morando and Luciano Javier Avila 2013. Past and present taxonomy of the Liolaemus lineomaculatus section (Liolaemidae): is the morphological arrangement hypothesis valid?. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 168 (3): 612–668 - get paper here
  • Breitman, María Florencia; Minoli, Ignacio; Avila, Luciano Javier; Medina, Cintia Debora; Sites, Jr., Jack Walter; Morando, Mariana 2014. Lagartijas de la provincia de Santa Cruz (Argentina): distribución geográfica, diversidad genética y estado de conservación Cuad. herpetol. 28 (2): 83-110 - get paper here
  • Cei, J.M. 1975. Southern patagonian iguanid lizards of the Liolaemus kingi group. Herpetologica, 31: 109–116
  • Cei,J.M. & Scolaro,J.A. 1982. A new species of the Patagonian genus Vilcunia, with remarks on its morphology, ecology, and distribution. Journal of Herpetology 16 (4): 354-363 - get paper here
  • Donoso-Barros,R. & Cei,J.M. 1971. New lizards from the volcanic Patagonian plateau of Argentina. Journal of Herpetology 5 (3-4): 89-95 - get paper here
  • Scolaro, J.A. 1992. Morphological differences between Vilcunia and L. magellanicus and L. lineomaculatus: Discriminant analysis. Acta Zoológica Lilloana 41: 287–293
 
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