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Liolaemus robertoi PINCHEIRA-DONOSO & NÚÑEZ, 2004

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Higher TaxaLiolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesE: Roberto’s lizard
S: Lagartija de Roberto 
SynonymLiolaemus robertoi PINCHEIRA-DONOSO & NÚÑEZ 2004 
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). Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
TypesHolotype: MNHNS 2422, macho 
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. 
  • 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
  • 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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