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Liolaemus omorfi DEMANGEL, SEPÚLVEDA, JARA, PINCHEIRA-DONOSO & NÚÑEZ, 2015

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Higher TaxaLiolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Beautiful lizard
Spanish: Lagartija hermosa 
SynonymLiolaemus omorfi DEMANGEL, SEPÚLVEDA, JARA, PINCHEIRA-DONOSO & NÚÑEZ 2015 
DistributionChile (Llullaillaco National Park, Antofagasta Region), probably adjacent Argentina

Type locality: quebrada Zorritas (24°37’17.75”S, 68°35’12.73”E, 4200 m elevation)

Elevation: 4170 to 4250 m.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: MNHNCL-4737, (Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, Chile), Male, preserved in 80% Ethanol. Collected on April 5th, 2012, by Diego Demangel, Cristian Sepúlveda, Denise Donoso and Herman Núñez.
Paratypes, males MNHNCL-4740, 4741, and 4742; females 4736, 4738, and 4739, same data as holotype, plus MNHNCL-4944 male, and 4945 female. Collected in Quebrada Zorritas, on November 12, 2012, by H. Núñez, D. Demangel and Alfredo Ugarte. 
Comment 
EtymologyLiolaemus means “smooth throat”, the Greek term omorfi (όμορφη) means beautiful, gorgeous. It is pronounced “ómorfi”. Given the intense coloration presented by this species, particularly in the adult males, we propose to give it the common name “Beautiful lizard” and in Spanish “Lagartija hermosa”. 
References
  • 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
 
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