Liolaemus caparensis BREITMAN, PÉREZ, PARRA, MORANDO, SITES & AVILA, 2011
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Liolaemus caparensis?
|Higher Taxa||Liolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Liolaemus caparensis BREITMAN, FULVIO-PÉREZ, PARRA, MORANDO, SITES & AVILA 2011|
|Distribution||Argentina (Patagonia: SW Santa Cruz)|
Type locality: Campo Las Piedras plateau, 7 km N Punta del Lago ranch, Lago Argentino department, Santa Cruz province, Argentina (49° 34’ 11.0” S, 72° 02’ 51.9” W, 868 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: MLP S 2628 (Figure 2), an adult male; Figures 3, 4), L.J. Avila, C.H.F. Pérez, M.F. Breitman and N. Feltrin collectors, 16th January 2008.|
Paratypes. LJAMM–CNP 9379–9380 adult males, LJAMM–CNP 9383–9387 females and LJAMM–CNP 9382, 9388, 9389 juveniles; from the same locality of holotype, L.J. Avila, C.H.F. Pérez, M.F. Breitman and N. Fel- trin collectors, 16 th January 2008.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Liolaemus caparensis sp. nov. is a member of the magellanicus group, in the L. lineomaculatus section, based on molecular evidence (Figure 1). Liolaemus caparensis sp. nov. differs from L. magellanicus in the following traits: shorter tibia-fibula length (6.19-8.62, X = 7.24 vs. 6.91-10.76, X = 9.09; p < 0.0001), shorter radius-ulna length (5.24-5.66, X = 5.24 vs. 5.22-6.88, X = 5.98; p = 0.0017), larger number of midbody scales (39- 55, X = 43.82 vs. 34-48, X = 40.44; p = 0.0282), larger number of dorsal scales (39-47, X = 41.45 vs. 34-45, X = 37.5; p = 0.0003), more ventral scales (64-73, X = 68.36 vs. 49-77, X = 59.17; p < 0.0001), more infradigital lamel- lae of the third finger (14-18, X = 15 vs. 11-15, X = 13.33; p = 0.0006), and more infradigital lamellae of the fourth toe (18-23, X = 20.3 vs. 15-20, X = 18.24; p = 0.0011) (for details see Tables 1 to 4). Liolaemus caparensis sp. nov. has smaller dorsal blotches on the hindlimbs and a more defined vertebral line in comparison with L. magellanicus (Figure 5), as well as fewer precloacal pores than L. magellanicus (3-4 vs. 3-5). Dorsal scales of Liolaemus capar- ensis sp. nov. have a shorter mucron than those of L. magellanicus. The dorsal surface of limb scales is more cari- nated and less mucronated in L. caparensis sp. nov. than in L. magellanicus (Figure 5) [from BREITMAN et al. 2011].|
|Comment||Group: magellanicus group.|
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||The specific epithet of this species “caparensis” refers to the name “Capar” given to the actual Viedma lake by the Aónikenk aborigines that inhabited this area. The Campo Las Piedras plateau is located on the northwestern edge of Viedma Lake.|