Liolaemus chavin AGUILAR, WOOD, CUSI, GUZMÁN, HUARI, LUNDBERG, MORTENSEN, RAMÍREZ, ROBLES, SUÁREZ, TICONA, VARGAS, VENEGAS & SITES, 2013
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|Higher Taxa||Liolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Liolaemus chavin AGUILAR, WOOD, CUSI, GUZMÁN, HUARI, LUNDBERG, MORTENSEN, RAMÍREZ, ROBLES, SUÁREZ, TICONA, VARGAS, VENEGAS & SITES 2013|
Liolaemus alticolor — LEHR 2002
Liolaemus incaicus — LOBO et al. 2007
Liolaemus aff. walkeri — LANGSTROTH 2011
|Distribution||Peru (Ancash, Huánuco), elevation 3535–4450 m|
Type locality: Conococha, Recuay Province, Ancash Department, Peru, -10.123S, -77.293W, elevation 4100 m
|Types||Holotype: MUSM 25417, adult male collected on 31 March 2006 by Mikael Lundberg. Paratypes: MUSM, BYU, CORBIDI.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Small (61.7 mm maximum SVL), slender Liolaemus closely related to L. walkeri, L. tacnae, L. pachacutec sp. n. and L. wari sp. n. (described below) (Fig. 1). It differs from L. walkeri, L. pachacutec sp. n. and L. wari sp. n. in the absence of precloacal pores in males. It differs from L. tacnae in having a melanistic belly in adult males (not melanistic in adult L. tacnae males). In comparison with other species assigned to the L. alticolor group, L. chavin sp. n. differs from L. bitaeniatus and L. pagaburoi in having a smooth dorsal surface of the head (rough to slightly rough dorsal surface). It differs from L. alticolor, L. aparicioi, L. incaicus, L. paulinae, L. pyriphlogos, L. puna, and L. variegatus in the absence of precloacal pores in males. Liolaemus chaltin also lacks precloacal pores in males, but L. chavin sp. n. differs in having also a mela- nistic belly in adult males.|
|Comment||Sexual dimorphism: Adult males exhibit melanistic belly, cloacal region and throat, or melanistic belly only; adult females exhibit black and white spots on belly, cloacal region and throat, or yellowish belly and tail.|
|Etymology||The specific epithet chavin refers to the pre-Inca culture Chavin, which had its center close to the type locality and frequently depicted reptile figures on some of its most remarkable sculptures. The species name is in the nominative singular.|
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