Liolaemus montanezi CABRERA & MONGUILLOT, 2006
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|Higher Taxa||Liolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Liolaemus montanezi CABRERA & MONGUILLOT 2006|
|Distribution||W Argentina (San Juan)|
Type locality: Parque Nacional San Guillermo, San Juan
province in western Argentina
|Types||Holotype: MACN 38746|
|Comment||Member of the darwinii group of Liolaemus.|
Liolaemus montanezi is characterized by small body size, long tail, relatively low number of scales around midbody, dorsal scales keeled, precloacal pores only in male, bulged patch of enlarged scales on the proximal posterior surface of the thigh in both sexes, and a dorsal color pattern in the male of 12–13 pairs of dark paravertebral spots and irregularly scattered light blue and white scales “speckled” on reddish brown ground. Both sexes lack of light vertebral or dorsolateral stripes. Liolaemus montanezi is terrestrial, dwelling on rocky gravel and sandy soil in a Monte landscape with sparse vegetation, and seems to have low population density.
|Etymology||Named after Mr. Alvaro Montañez, park guard Head of the Parque Nacional San Guillermo, for his encouragement and support to all research activities in that protected area.|
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