Liolaemus cinereus MONGUILLOT, CABRERA, ACOSTA & VILLAVICENCIO, 2006
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|Higher Taxa||Liolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Liolaemus cinereus MONGUILLOT, CABRERA, ACOSTA & VILLAVICENCIO 2006|
|Distribution||W Argentina (San Guillermo National Park)|
Type locality: at the flood plain of the northern margin of the Blanco River, Quebrada Alcaparrosa (29° 30’ 47.5’’ S, 69° 10’ 27.3’’ W), 2270 m elevation, southern section of the San Guillermo National Park, Iglesia Department, San Juan province, Argentina. Map legend:
- Type locality.
|Types||Holotype: MLP R 5139, an adult male collected February 11, 2005, by J. C. Acosta and J. H. Villavicencio.|
|Comment||Member of the darwinii group of Liolaemus within the monophyletic boulengeri species group. |
Diagnosis. Liolaemus cinereus sp. nov. is a small iguanid lizard (63 mm maximum SVL in females), with a relatively long tail (57 % of total length) and low number of scales around midbody (58–62); dorsal scales moderately keeled; precloacal pores only in males; a bulged patch of enlarged scales on the proximal posterior surface of the thigh in both sexes, more evident in males; lacking of light vertebral or dorsolateral stripes; ash-grey dorsal background color with small transverse brown spots in two paravertebral series, and white scales roughly ordered on the trunk; antehumeral fold without black pigment (only faint greyish in the male, absent in females); scapular region pattern represented only by a prescapular dark spot dorsal to the antehumeral fold; throat and ventral neck brown in males; white, slightly dotted, in females. The new species is a member of the monophyletic boulengeri group of the genus Liolaemus. Within this group L. cinereus belongs to the darwinii complex, as defined by Etheridge (1993).
|Etymology||The specific epithet is a Latin adjective meaning “ash-grey”, in reference to the overall background color characteristic in this species.|
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