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Liolaemus lutzae MERTENS, 1938

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Higher TaxaLiolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Lutz's Tree Iguana
Portuguese: Lagartixa-de-Areia, Lagartinho-Branco-da-Areia, Lagartinho-Branco-da-Praia 
SynonymLiolaemus lutzae MERTENS 1938: 221
Liolaemus lutzae — PETERS et al. 1970: 185
Liolaemus lutzae — ETHERIDGE 2000: 297
Liolaemus (Eulaemus) lutzae — SCHULTE et al. 2000 
DistributionBrazil (Rio de Janeiro, Guanabara)

Type locality: Recreiro dos Bandeirantes, Rio de Janeiro (Stadt)  
TypesHolotype: SMF 25030 
CommentBelongs to the wiegmanni group of Liolaemus. 
EtymologyNamed after Bertha Maria Julia Lutz (1894-1976), a zoologist and pioneering feminist who founded the Brazilian Federation for Feminine Progress (1922). 
  • Almeida-Santos P, Militão CM, Nogueira-Costa P, Menezes VA, Rocha CFD 2015. Thermal ecology of five remaining populations of an endangered lizard (Liolaemus lutzae) in different restinga habitats in Brazil. Journal of Coastal Conservation 19:335-343 - get paper here
  • Avila, L.J.; Morando, M.; Perez, D.R. & Sites, J.W. 2009. A new species of Liolaemus from Añelo sand dunes, northern Patagonia, Neuquén, Argentina, and molecular phylogenetic relationships of the Liolaemus wiegmannii species group (Squamata, Iguania, Liolaemini). Zootaxa 2234: 39–55 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Carvalho Ribas, S. et al. 2004. Structure of claws and toes of two tropidurid lizard species of Restinga from Southeastern Brazil: adaptations to the vertical use of the habitat. Revista Chilena de Historia Natural 77: 599-606 - get paper here
  • Etheridge, R. 2000. A review of lizards of the Liolaemus wiegmannii group (Squamata, Iguania, Tropiduridae), and a history of morphological change in the sand-dwelling species. Herpetological Monographs 14: 293-352 - get paper here
  • Gonzalez R. C. et al. 2020. Lista dos Nomes Populares dos Répteis no Brasil – Primeira Versão. Herpetologia Brasileira 9 (2): 121 – 214 - get paper here
  • Kennedy, J.P. 1977. Bertha Lutz, 1894-1976 Copeia 1977 (1): 208-209. - get paper here
  • Maia-Carneiro, T. & C. F. D. Rocha Maia-Carneiro, T. & C. F. D. Rocha 2013. Estimated population density of and sources of disturbance for the endemic and threatened Liolaemus lutzae in a remnant area of its narrow habitat in southeastern Brazil. Salamandra 49 (4): 223-226 - get paper here
  • Maia-Carneiro, T., T. A. Dorigo & C. F. D. Rocha 2017. Seasonal influences of wind intensity on activity rates and thermoregulation of differently sized individuals of Liolaemus lutzae (Squamata: Liolaemidae). Salamandra 53 (3): 469-472 - get paper here
  • Maia-Carneiro, Thiago, Thiago Arnt Dorigo, and Carlos Frederico Duarte Rocha 2012. Influences of Seasonality, Thermal Environment and Wind Intensity on the Thermal Ecology of Brazilian Sand Lizards In A Restinga Remnant. South American J. Herp. 7 (3): 241-251. - get paper here
  • Mertens, R. 1938. Bemerkungen über die brasilianischen Arten der Gattung Liolaemus. Zool. Anz. 123: 220-222
  • Oliveira, Jane C.F.; Rodrigo Castellari Gonzalez; Paulo Passos; Davor Vrcibradic & Carlos Frederico Duarte Rocha 2020. Non-Avian Reptiles of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: status of knowledge and commented list. Pap. Avulsos Zool. 60: e20206024 - get paper here
  • Petrere Junior, M. 1979. Notas biometricas sobre Liolaemus lutzae Mertens 1938 (Sauria, Iguanidae). Pap. Avuls. Zool. 32 (16): 201-204
  • Rocha, C. F. D. 1988. Ritmo de atividade e microclimatologia do habitat de Liolaemus lutzae (Sauria: Iguanidae). An. Sem. Reg. Ecol. 6: 269-281
  • Rocha, C. F. D. 1991. Composicao do habitat e uso do espaco por Liolaemus lutzae (Sauria: Tropiduridae) em uma area de restinga. Rev. Brasil Biol. 51 (4): 839-846
  • Rocha, C. F. D. 1992. Liolaemus lutzae (Sand Lizard). Cannibalism. Herpetological Review 23 (2): 60 - get paper here
  • Rocha, C. F. D. 1995. Ecologia termal de Liolaemus lutzae (Sauria: Tropiduridae) em uma área de restinga do sudeste do Brasil. Rev. Brasil. Biol. 55: 481-489
  • Rocha, C. F. D.;Bergallo, H. G. 1992. Population decrease: the case of Liolaemus lutzae, an endemic lizard of southeastern Brazil. Ciencia e Cultura 44 (1): 52-54
  • Rocha, C.F.D. 1989. Diet of a Tropical Lizard (Liolaemus lutzae) of Southeastern Brazil Journal of Herpetology 23 (3): 292-294. - get paper here
  • Rocha, C.F.D. 1992. Reproductive and Fat Body Cycles of the Tropical Sand Lizard (Liolaemus lutzae) of Southeastern Brazil Journal of Herpetology 26 (1): 17-23. - get paper here
  • Rocha, C.F.D. 1995. Nematode parasites of the Brazilian sand lizard (Liolaemus lutzae) Amphibia-Reptilia, 16(4): 412-415. - get paper here
  • Rocha, C.F.D. 1995. Growth of the tropical sand lizard Liolaemus lutzae in southeastern Brazil Amphibia-Reptilia, 16(3): 257-264. - get paper here
  • Rocha, C.F.D. 1998. Ontogenetic Shift in the Rate of Plant Consumption in a Tropical Lizard (Liolaemus lutzae) Journal of Herpetology 32 (2): 274-279. - get paper here
  • Rocha, Carlos F. D.; Carla da C.Siqueira; & Cristina V. Ariani 2009. The endemic and threatened lizard Liolaemus lutzae (Squamata: Liolaemidae): current geographic distribution and areas of occurrence with estimated population densities. ZOOLOGIA 26 (3): 454–460 - get paper here
  • Rocha,C.F.D. 1986. Distribuição geografica de Liolaemus lutzae (Sauria: Iguanidae), um lagarto endêmico do estado do Rio de Janeiro. Bol. Fundação Bras. para Conservação da Natureza 21: 163-167
  • SCHULTE II, JAMES A.; J. ROBERT MACEY, ROBERT E. ESPINOZA AND ALLAN LARSON 2000. Phylogenetic relationships in the iguanid lizard genus Liolaemus: multiple origins of viviparous reproduction and evidence for recurring Andean vicariance and dispersal. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 69: 75–102 - get paper here
  • Sinervo, B. et al. 2010. Erosion of Lizard Diversity by Climate Change and Altered Thermal Niches. Science 328: 894-899 - get paper here
  • Verrastro, L.; Veronese, L.; Bujes, C. Martins Fias Filho, M. 2003. New species of Liolaemus from Southern Brazil (Iguania: Tropiduridae). Herpetologica 59 (1): 105-118 - get paper here
  • VERRASTRO, LAURA; RAÚL MANEYRO, CAROLINE M. DA SILVA, IRAIA FARIAS 2017. A new species of lizard of the L. wiegmannii group (Iguania: Liolaemidae) from the Uruguayan Savanna. Zootaxa 4294 (4): 443–461 - get paper here
  • Villamil, J., Avila, L.J., Morando, M., Sites, J.W. Jr., Leaché, A.D., Maneyro, R., Camargo, A. 2019. Coalescent-based species delimitation in the sand lizards of the Liolaemus wiegmannii complex (Squamata: Liolaemidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (2019), doi: - get paper here
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