Liolaemus crandalli AVILA, MEDINA, PEREZ, SITES & MORANDO, 2015
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|Higher Taxa||Liolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Liolaemus crandalli AVILA, MEDINA, PEREZ, SITES & MORANDO 2015|
Liolaemus crandalli — MEDINA et al. 2017
|Distribution||Argentina (Neuquén: Patagonian Steppe vegetation environments found between 1300–2100 m elevation in the Auca Mahuida Volcanic Field, Añelo and Pehuenches Departments)|
Type locality: near Park Ranger Station, on rocky outcrops on the roadside of the main unpaved road to the Auca Mahuida volcano summit, 25.9 km SW junction Provincial Road 6, Area Natural Protegida Auca Mahuida, Pehuenches Department, Neuquén, Argentina (37°42’06.7” S, 68°51’28.8” W, 1560 m elevation)
|Types||Holotype. MLP.S 2631 (ex-LJAMM-CNP 12219, Figs. 2, 3), an adult male collected by L. J. Avila, M. Kozykariski, F. Breitman, 14 November 2009.|
Paratypes. LJAMM-CNP 10470-10471 (male) and 10472 (female) collected at Gravel Quarry 10, YPF petroleum company, Area Natural Protegida Auca Mahuida, Pehuenches Department, Neuquén, Argentina (37o44’07.0” S, 68o54’21.3” W, 1841 m), by C.H.F. Pérez, D. Pérez, C. Poblete, L. Moreira, 7 March 2008. LJAMM-CNP 12158, 12218, 12220-12221 (male) and 12159-12160, 12222-12226 (female), same locality as holotype. Collected by L. J. Avila, M. Kozykariski, F. Breitman, 14 November 2009. LJAMM-CNP 12295, 12299 (male) and 12296 (female) collected at an unnamed site, Area Natural Protegida Auca Mahuida, Pehuenches Department, Neuquén, Argentina (37o43’01.9” S, 68o55’50.9” W, 1851 m), by L. J. Avila, M. Kozykariski, F. Breitman, 15 November 2009. LJAMM-CNP 12302 (male) and 12303-12304 (female) collected on Cerro de las Antenas, Area Natural Protegida Auca Mahuida, Pehuenches Department, Neuquén, Argentina (37o44’25.5”S, 68o53’42.4”W, 1935 m). Collected by L. J. Avila, M. Kozykariski, F. Breitman, 15 November 2009.
|Comment||Syntopy: Liolaemus austromendocinus.|
Sympatry: Bothrops ammodytoides, Philodryas trilineata, Pseudotomodon trigonatus and Micrurus pyrrocryptus. L. cyaneinotatus Martinez et al., 2011, L. sitesi Avila et al., 2013 and Phymaturus sitesi Avila et al., 2013 have been described from Auca Mahuida region. Liolaemus cuyumhue Avila et al., 2009 was described from the live dunes of nearby southern lowlands, the Bajo de Añelo.
Diet: Orthoptera, Coleoptera, Formicidae, sand grains, Asteraceas tubular flowers, Stipa sp. caryopsis, and indeterminate parts of other arthropods.
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||The specific name is to honor our colleague Keith A. Crandall, an evolutionary biologist from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. As former professor at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA, he strongly supported MM and LJA in our studies of Patagonian herpetofauna with Dr. J.W. Sites Jr.|
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