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Liolaemus molinai VALLADARES, ETHERIDGE, SCHULTE, MANRIQUEZ & SPOTORNO, 2002

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Higher TaxaLiolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymLiolaemus molinai VALLADARES, ETHERIDGE, SCHULTE, MANRIQUEZ & SPOTORNO 2002 
DistributionN Chile

Type locality: Farellones de Tara, Loa Province, Antofagasta Region, Chile.  
Reproductionviviparous 
TypesHolotype: MNHN 3174 
CommentWithin the montanus group, the new species differs from the boulengeri group in lacking a patch of enlarged scales on the posterior thigh. It differs from the remaining species of the montanus group in having a high number of small, smooth, rounded dorsal body scale and differentiated head scales. From those species with similar pattern of squamation, the new species can be differentiated by its moderate size, tail shorter than snout - vent length, and distinctive color pattern. It has psammophilus habits and it occurs over 4,000 m of elevation.

Synonymy: PINCHEIRA-DONOSO & NÚÑEZ 2005 and PINCHEIRA-DONOSO et al. 2008 considered L. molinai as a synonym of L. schmidti, a decision that is rejected by LOBO et al. 2010. It is possible that L. molinai is a synonym of L. erguetae (R. Langstroth, cited in TRONCOSO-PALACIOS 2014). 
References
  • Abdala, Cristian Simón; Marcos Maximiliano Paz & Romina Valeria Semhan 2013. Nuevo Liolaemus (Iguania: Liolaemidae) con novedoso carácter morfológico, de la frontera entre Argentina y Chile. Rev. Biol. Trop. 61 (4): 1563-1584 - get paper here
  • Demangel, Diego 2016. Reptiles en Chile. Fauna Nativa Ediciones, Santiago, 619 pp - get paper here
  • Demangel, Diego; Cristian Sepúlveda, Manuel Jara, Daniel Pincheira-Donoso<br />and Herman Núñez 2015. Liolaemus omorfi, A NEW LIZARD SPECIES FROM THE ANDES OF NORTHERN CHILE (SAURIA, LIOLAEMIDAE). Boletín del Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, Chile, 64: 139-155 - get paper here
  • Lobo, F.; Espinoza, R.E. and S. Quinteros 2010. A critical review and systematic discussion of recent classification proposals for liolaemid lizards. Zootaxa 2549: 1–30 - get paper here
  • Troncoso-Palacios, J 2014. Revision of the geographic distribution of three species of the montanus group of Liolaemus Wiegmann, 1834 (Reptilia: Squamata: Liolaemidae). Check List 10 (1):221-229 - get paper here
  • VALLADARES, J. PABLO; RICHARD ETHERIDGE, JAMES SCHULTE II, GERMAN MANRIQUEZ <br />& ANGEL SPOTORNO 2002. Nueva especie de lagartija del norte de Chile, Liolaemus molinai (Reptilia: Liolaeminae). Revista Chilena de Historia Natural 75: 473-489
  • Valladares, J.F. 2004. NUEVA ESPECIE DE LAGARTO DEL GÉNERO LIOLAEMUS (REPTILIA: LIOLAEMIDAE) DEL NORTE DE CHILE, PREVIAMENTE CONFUNDIDO CON LIOLAEMUS (= PHRYNOSAURA) REICHEI. Cuadernos de Herpetología 18 (1): 43-53 - get paper here
 
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