Liolaemus normae ESQUERRÉ, RAMÍREZ-ÁLVAREZ, PAVÓN-VÁZQUEZ, TRONCOSO-PALACIOS, GARÍN, KEOGH & LEACHÉ, 2019
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|Higher Taxa||Liolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Los Cristales leopard lizard, Norma’s leopard lizard|
S: lagarto leopardo de Los Cristales, lagarto leopardo de Norma
|Synonym||Liolaemus normae ESQUERRÉ, RAMÍREZ-ÁLVAREZ, PAVÓN-VÁZQUEZ, TRONCOSO-PALACIOS, GARÍN, KEOGH & LEACHÉ 2019|
Type locality: Los Cristales Lagoon (34°34’10” S - 70°31’05’’ W), Rengo, O’Higgins Region, Chile, at 2.372 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: SSUC Re 738, male, collected by Diego Ramírez-Álvarez and Jaime Troncoso-Palacios, on January 21, 2016. See Fig. S1. in Esquerré et al. 2019.|
Paratypes. SSUC-Re 739, male; SSUC-Re 740, male; and SSUC-Re 743, female. Same collection data as holotype, 2279-2372 m. SSUC-Re 741, female; SSUC-Re 742, male; same locality as the holotype, collected by Diego Ramírez-Álvarez on March 28, 2015.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. The most conspicuous diagnostic trait that allows L. normae sp. nov. to be differentiated from all the other member of the L. leopardinus clade is its deep blood red belly (Figs. 11 and S3 in Esquerré et al. 2019). It differs from L. leopardinus in completely lacking the leopard-like spots characteristic of this species. Despite both having dark flanks, L. normae sp. nov. differs from L. frassinettii and L. valdesianus by not having a black post-humeral spot that ends around mid-body and by not having leopard-like spots on the tail. We could not find consistent scalation traits that would serve to distinguish it from the other species. See Table S4 in Esquerré et al. 2019 for morphological comparison between taxa.|
|Etymology||Dedicated to Norma Álvarez, mother of DRA (who discovered the population in Los Cristales Lagoon).|
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