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Liolaemus morandae BREITMAN, PARRA, PÉREZ & SITES, 2011

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Higher TaxaLiolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymLiolaemus morandae BREITMAN, PARRA, FULVIO-PÉREZ & SITES 2011
Liolaemus lineomaculatus — IBARGÜENGOYTIA et al. 2001 
DistributionArgentina (Chubut, N Santa Cruz)

Type locality: Provincial Road 37, 22.8 km SW junction National Road 3, Escalante department, Chubut province, Argentina (45°41’10,6” S; 67°53’49,9” W, 693 m elevation.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: MLP S 2626 (Figure 3), an adult male; L.J. Avila, M. Kozykariski, M.F. Breitman and R. Martinez collectors, 12th March 2010.
Paratypes. LJAMM-CNP 
CommentDiagnosis. Liolaemus morandae sp. nov. is a member of the L. lineomaculatus section, included in the lineo- maculatus group, and is characterized by the absence of precloacal pores in both sexes, and presence of dorsal trifid scales (Etheridge 1995). Molecular evidence includes this species in the lineomaculatus group, closely related to the clade (L. sp. 2 + L. lineomaculatus) Figure 1. All differences are summarized in Tables 1 to 4 and in Figure 6 (in BREITMAN et al. 2011).

Group: lineomaculatus group. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet of this species “morandae” refers to our colleague and the first author’s PhD advisor Dr. Mariana Morando, to honor her after more than ten years of research and teaching on the Patagonian herpetofauna. 
References
  • ABDALA, CRISTIAN SIMÓN; DIEGO ESTEBAN PROCOPIO, OSCAR ANÍBAL STELLATELLI, ALEJANDRO TRAVAINI, ALEJANDRO RODRÍGUEZ & MARIO RICARDO RUIZ MONACHESI 2014. New Patagonian species of Liolaemus (Iguania: Liolaemidae) and novelty in the lepidosis of the southernmost lizard of the world: Liolaemus magellanicus. Zootaxa 3866 (4): 526–542 - 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
  • Breitman, M.F.; Parra, M.; Fulvio Pérez, C.H. & Sites Jr., J.W. 2011. Two new species of lizards from the Liolaemus lineomaculatus section (Squamata: Iguania: Liolaemidae) from southern Patagonia. Zootaxa 3120: 1–28 - get paper here
  • Breitman, María Florencia; Mariana Morando and Luciano Javier Avila 2013. Past and present taxonomy of the Liolaemus lineomaculatus section (Liolaemidae): is the morphological arrangement hypothesis valid?. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 168 (3): 612–668 - get paper here
  • Breitman, María Florencia; Minoli, Ignacio; Avila, Luciano Javier; Medina, Cintia Debora; Sites, Jr., Jack Walter; Morando, Mariana 2014. Lagartijas de la provincia de Santa Cruz (Argentina): distribución geográfica, diversidad genética y estado de conservación Cuad. herpetol. 28 (2): 83-110 - get paper here
  • Ibarguengoytia, N., L. M. Casalins, J. A. Schulte II, G. C. Amico, L. Sympson 2001. Geographic distribution. Liolaemus lineomaculatus. Herpetological Review 32:120 - 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
 
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