Liolaemus hermannunezi PINCHEIRA-DONOSO, SCOLARO & SCHULTE, 2007
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|Higher Taxa||Liolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Liolaemus hermannunezi PINCHEIRA-DONOSO, SCOLARO & SCHULTE 2007|
Liolaemus rothi — DONOSO-BARROS 1974: 287
Liolaemus rothi — NÚÑEZ & JAKSIC 1992: 76
Liolaemus rothi — PINCHEIRA-DONOSO 2003: 18
Liolaemus rothi — SCHULTE et al. 2004: 410
Liolaemus (Eulaemus) rothi PINCHEIRA-DONOSO & NÚÑEZ 2005: 99
|Distribution||Chile (boreal Patagonia), Argentina|
Type locality: 10 km E from Los Barros (37°31’S; 71°15’W) on the road to Pichachén Pass, Eighth Administrative Region, Chile. Map legend:
- Type locality.
|Types||Holotype: MNHNC 3785 (Mus. Nac. Hist. Nat. Chile, Santiago), male, collected on 18 November 2001 by D. Pincheira-Donoso.|
|Comment||Liolaemus hermannunezi is closely related to L. rothi, from which is significantly differentiated by molecular variables. In addition, this new species appears to be related to L. loboi and L. sagei, from which differs in having a smaller body size, a distinctive colour pattern and an isolated geographical distribution. Liolaemus hermannunezi is known from the boreal Patagonia of Chile, whereas L. loboi, L. rothi, and L. sagei are endemic to Argentinean Patagonia. The new species is a member of the boulengeri clade, diagnosed by the presence of a patch of abruptly enlarged scales on the posterior medial surface of the thigh, a character that is more conspicuous in adult males.|
Group: member of the Liolaemus rothi complex.
|Etymology||This species is dedicated to Herman Núñez, from the National Museum of Natural History of Chile, in recognition of his great contribution to the systematics and ecology of Chilean lizards of the genus Liolaemus.|
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