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Liolaemus mapuche ABDALA, 2002

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Higher TaxaLiolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymLiolaemus mapuche ABDALA 2002
Liolaemus mapuchei — BERNILS et al. 2007
Liolaemus mapuche — SCROCCHI et al. 2010: 124 
DistributionArgentina (Neuquén, Rio Negro), 500-650 m elevation.

Type locality: 15 km al sur de Paso de Indios sobre Ruta Provincial 10, Dep. Zapala, Provincia de Neuquén, Argentina.  
TypesHolotype: FML 1462. (CSA 9), ma-cho. Colecto res: C. S. Abdala, E. Malovini y J. S. Abdala. 
CommentBoth males and females are characterized by having 4 - 6 scales in contact with the mental and a row of lorilabial scales, a combination of characters only shared with L. cuyanus among members of the boulengeri group. The species here described also has a unique patern of dorsal coloration, characterized by conspicuous pre - postscapulars spots, a prehumeral arch, and 2 - 4 longitudinal rows of lighter spots over a background of predominantly green and light blue. Ventrally, melanism is accentuated in the throat region. This pattern of coloration and characters of lepidosis differ from L. cuyanus and the other members of the boulengeri group.

ETIMOLOGÍA. Nombre dedicado a los indios Mapuches (mapu: tiera, che: gente), que poblaron ampliamente el centro y norte de la Patagonia desde siglo XVI hasta el siglo XIX, sufriendo grandes pérdidas de teritorio y crueles matanzas que arasaron con las poblaciones Mapuches. Actualmente viven en pequeñas comunidades a lo largo de la Patagonia Argentina y Chilena. l 
  • ABDALA C. S., R. V. SEMHAN, D. L. MORENO AZOCAR, M. BONINO, M. M. PAZ & F. CRUZ 2012. Taxonomic study and morphology based phylogeny of the patagonic clade Liolaemus melanops group (Iguania: Liolaemidae), with the description of three new taxa. Zootaxa 3163: 1–32 - get paper here
  • Abdala, C. S. 2002. Nuevo Liolaemus (Iguania: Liolaemidae) perteneciente al grupo Boulengeri de la Provincia de Neuquèn, Argentina. Cuad. herpetol. 16 (1):3-13 - get paper here
  • Abdala, C.S. 2007. Phylogeny of the boulengeri group (Iguania: Liolaemidae, Liolaemus) based on morphological and molecular characters. Zootaxa 1538: 1-84 - get paper here
  • AVILA, LUCIANO JAVIER; LORENA ELIZABETH MARTINEZ & MARIANA MORANDO 2013. Checklist of lizards and amphisbaenians of Argentina: an update. Zootaxa 3616 (3): 201–238
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Mattison, Chris 2007. The New Encyclopedia of Snakes. Princeton University Press
  • Scrocchi, Gustavo J.; Cristian S. Abdala,Javier Nori, Hussam Zaher 2010. Reptiles de la provincia de Río Negro, Argentina Fondo Ed. Rionegrino, 249 pp.
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