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Liolaemus montanezi CABRERA & MONGUILLOT, 2006

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Higher TaxaLiolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymLiolaemus montanezi CABRERA & MONGUILLOT 2006 
DistributionW Argentina (San Juan)

Type locality: Parque Nacional San Guillermo, San Juan
province in western Argentina  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: MACN 38746 
CommentMember 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. 
EtymologyNamed 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. 
References
  • ABDALA, CRISTIAN SIMÓN; ANDRÉS SEBASTIÁN QUINTEROS,, FEDERICO ARIAS, SABRINA PORTELLI & ANTONIO PALAVECINO 2011. A new species of the Liolaemus darwinii group (Iguania: Liolaemidae) from Salta Province, Argentina. Zootaxa 2968: 26–38 - 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
  • Cabrera, Mario R.; Monguillot, Julio C. 2006. A new Andean species of Liolaemus of the darwinii Complex (Reptilia: Iguanidae). Zootaxa 1106: 35-43 - get paper here
 
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