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Liolaemus robertoi PINCHEIRA-DONOSO & NÚÑEZ, 2004

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Higher TaxaLiolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Roberto’s lizard
S: Lagartija de Roberto 
SynonymLiolaemus robertoi PINCHEIRA-DONOSO & NÚÑEZ 2004
Liolaemus (Eulaemus) robertoi — NUÑEZ & GÁLVEZ 2015 
DistributionN Chile

Type locality: Estero Tambo, Piedra Colgada, El Indio, elevation 3,700 m., Cuarta Región Administrativa de Chile (29° 48’S; 69° 58’ W).  
Reproductionviviparous. 
TypesHolotype: MNHNC (originally given as MNHNS 2422; MNHNCL HERP 2190-2197 fide Nuñez & Gálvez 2015), male 
Diagnosis 
CommentL. robertoi was previously confused with the Argentinean species Liolaemus vallecurensis. Liolaemus robertoi sp. nov. can be distinguished from any other species of the ruibali group because of its different character combinations, with 85-94 scales around midbody, anterior margin of auditory meatus with slightly enlarged scales, and totally different coloration. A hypothetical zoogeographic analysis allows to re-late L. robertoi sp. nov. with the cis-Andean lizard Liolaemus rosenmanni. 
EtymologyNamed after Professor Roberto Donoso-Barros. 
References
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Demangel, Diego 2016. Reptiles en Chile. Fauna Nativa Ediciones, Santiago, 619 pp - get paper here
  • Núñez, H. & O. Gálvez. 2015. Catálogo de la Colección Herpetológica del Museo Nacional de Historia Natural y Nomenclátor basado en la Colección. [includes type catalogue] Publicación Ocasional N°64: 1-203
  • PINCHEIRA-DONOSO, Daniel & HERMAN NÚÑEZ 2004. Liolaemus robertoi, una nueva especie de Los Andes del norte de Chile perteneciente al grupo ruibali (Iguania: Tropiduridae: Liolaeminae). Multequina 12: 01-15
  • Troncoso-Palacios, Jaime 2014. Nueva lista actualizada de los reptiles terrestres de la Región de Atacama, Chile. Boletín Chileno de Herpetología 1: 1-4 - get paper here
 
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