Liolaemus casamiquelai AVILA, PEREZ, MORANDO & SITES, 2010
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Liolaemus casamiquelai?
|Higher Taxa||Liolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Liolaemus casamiquelai AVILA, FULVIO PEREZ, MORANDO & SITES 2010|
|Distribution||Argentina (Río Negro)|
Type locality: along the south side of Ruta Nacional 23, 14 km W Aguada de Guerra (41º 09’ S, 68º 30’ W, 866 m, Fig. 5), 25 de Mayo Department, Río Negro province, Argentina.
|Types||Holotype: MACN 39042, an adult male collected 27 November 2000, by L. J. Avila, and C. H. F. Perez.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Liolaemus casamiquelai is a robust and medium sized member of the clade of Liolaemus referred to as the boulengeri group by Etheridge (1995), and is a member of the Liolaemus melanops complex that includes L. canqueli, L. goetschi, L. martorii, L. melanops, L. morenoi, and several other candidate species still in need of detailed morphological study (Morando 2004; Avila et al. 2006a). Liolaemus casamiquelai can be distinguished from all other species of its group of Liolaemus by a combination of characteristics: its larger size, stout body, intense melanic venter, lack of melanic head, and bright green dorsal coloration with a pattern of transversal irregular black stripes (Figs. 1, 2, 3). Liolaemus casamiquelai differs from L. canqueli and L. melanops in lacking a dark brown or black hood on the head in adults of either sex, and from L. goestchi and L. martorii in lacking large, black pre-and postcapular spots and these species are smaller. Liolaemus casamiquelai differs from L. morenoi in having a green background color with transverse black bands rather than a dorsal background color of light tan with brown spots or wavy with white posterior borders.|
|Etymology||To honor Rodolfo Magín Casamiquela, a recently deceased vertebrate paleontologist and anthropologist, born in Ingeniero Jacobacci (formerly Huahuel Niyeu) in 1932, a small town very close to L. casamiquelai type locality. R. M. Casamiquela was a researcher (retired) of Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas of Argentina (CONICET), and developed a large and prolific scientific and cultural literature ranging from amphibians fossils to historic tales of Patagonia.|