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Liolaemus melanops BURMEISTER, 1888

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Higher TaxaLiolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLiolaemus melanops BURMEISTER 1888: 252
Liolaemus melanops — CEI & SCOLARO 1983
Liolaemus fitzingeri — PETERS et al. 1970: 182
Liolaemus melanops — ETHERIDGE 2000
Liolaemus (Eulaemus) melanops — SCHULTE et al. 2000
Liolaemus melanops — AVILA et al. 2010
Liolaemus cf. melanops — SCROCCHI et al. 2010: 96
Liolaemus (Eulaemus) melanops — MORANDO et al. 2020 
DistributionArgentina (La Pampa, Chubut, Rio Negro)

Type locality: Argentina, Chubut, Quele-cura  
ReproductionOviparous.<br /><br />Hybridization: L. melanops and L. xanthoviridis each hybridize with L. shehuen and L. fitzingerii (Grummer et al. 2021). 
TypesHolotype: MACN 36701 (= Mus. Argent. Cienc. Nat.) 
Commentrevalidated by CEI & SCOLARO 1983. Liolaemus goetschi MÜLLER & HELLMICH 1938 has been removed from the synonymy of L. melanops. 
  • 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. 2007. Phylogeny of the boulengeri group (Iguania: Liolaemidae, Liolaemus) based on morphological and molecular characters. Zootaxa 1538: 1-84 - get paper here
  • ABDALA, CRISTIAN SIMÓN; JUAN MANUEL DÍAZ GÓMEZ & VIVIANA ISABEL JUAREZ HEREDIA 2012. From the far reaches of Patagonia: new phylogenetic analyses and description of two new species of the Liolaemus fitzingerii clade (Iguania: Liolaemidae). Zootaxa 3301: 34–60 - get paper here
  • Avila, L.J.; Fulvio Perez, C.H.; Morando, M. & Sites, J.W. 2010. A new species of Liolaemus (Reptilia: Squamata) from southwestern Rio Negro province, northern Patagonia, Argentina. Zootaxa 2434: 47–59 - get paper here
  • Avila, L.J.; Morando, M. & Sites, J.W. 2008. New Species of the Iguanian Lizard Genus Liolaemus (Squamata, Iguania, Liolaemini) from Central Patagonia, Argentina. Journal of Herpetology 42 (1): 186–196 - 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 - get paper here
  • Avila,L.J. & Morando,M. 1998. Geographic distribution. Liolaemus melanops. Herpetological Review 29 (3): 174 - get paper here
  • Burmeister,H. 1888. Algunas Noticias sobre la Fauna de la Patagonia. An. Mus. Nac. Buenos Aires 3: 237-252 - get paper here
  • Cei, J. M.; Scolaro, J. A. 1983. Un nuevo arreglo taxonomico para los Liolaemus del grupo fitzingeri. Bol. Asoc. Herp. Argentina 1 (3): 15-16 - get paper here
  • Cei, J.M. & A. Scolaro 2003. RECTIFICACIÓN TAXONÓMICA Y NOMENCLATURAL DEL PRESENTE STATUS DEL TAXÓN Liolaemus melanops BURMEISTER, 1888. Facena 19: 163-16 - get paper here
  • Cei, José M. 1998. La mélanocéphalie chez les Lézards liolaemines et redécouverte de l'holotype de Liolaemus melanops Burmeister, 1888 longtemps considéré comme perdu (Reptilia: Squamata: Iguania: Tropiduridae). Rev. Française Aquariol. 25 (1-2): 59-62
  • Cei,J.M. 1975. Liolaemus melanops Burmeister and the subspecific status of the Liolaemus fitzingeri group (Sauria: Iguanidae). Journal of Herpetology 9 (2): 217-222 - 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
  • Grummer JA, Avila LJ, Morando MM and Leaché AD 2021. Four Species Linked by Three Hybrid Zones: Two Instances of Repeated Hybridization in One Species Group (Genus Liolaemus). Front. Ecol. Evol. 9:624109 - get paper here
  • Grummer, J. A., Morando, M. M., Avila, L. J., Sites Jr., J. W., & Leaché, A. D. 2018. Phylogenomic evidence for a recent and rapid radiation of lizards in the Patagonian Liolaemus fitzingerii species group. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution - get paper here
  • Minoli I, Morando M, Avila LJ 2015. Reptiles of Chubut province, Argentina: richness, diversity, conservation status and geographic distribution maps. ZooKeys 498: 103-126. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.498.7476 - get paper here
  • Minoli, Ignacio; Morando, M.; Avila, Luciano J. 2016. Sexual dimorphism and interspecific head variation in the Liolaemus melanops complex (Squamata: Liolaemini) based on geometric morphometrics. The Herpetological Journal 26 (3): 225-240 - get paper here
  • Müller, L. & Hellmich,W. 1938. Liolaemus - Arten aus dem westlichen Argentinien. I. Liolaemus darwini und Liolaemus goetschi. Zool. Anz. 123 (-6): 130-142
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  • Nori, J.; Abdala, C.S. & Scrocchi, G.J. 2010. Liolaemus goetschi (Iguania: Liolaemidae): redescription and phylogenetic relationships within the L. boulengeri group. Zootaxa 2440: 49–59 - get paper here
  • Passos, Daniel Cunha; Conrado A. B. Galdino, and Carlos Frederico Duarte Rocha 2015. Challenges and Perspectives for Studies on Home Range of Lizards from South America. South American J. Herp. 10 (2): 82-89. - get paper here
  • Perez, C.H.F.; N. Frutos; M. Kozykariski; M. Morando; D.R. Perez; L.J. Avila. 2011. Lizards of Rio Negro Province, northern Patagonia, Argentina. Check List 7 (3): 202-219 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Scrocchi, Gustavo J.; Cristian S. Abdala,Javier Nori, Hussam Zaher 2010. Reptiles de la provincia de Río Negro, Argentina. Fondo Ed. Rionegrino, 249 pp.
  • Varela, Esperanza Amalia 1999. Tipos de la colección herpetológica del Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales “Bernardino Rivadavia”, Buenos Aires, Argentina. [type catalog] Iheringia, Sér. Zool., Porto Alegre (87): 57-74
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