Liolaemus shitan ABDALA, QUINTEROS, SCROCCHI & STAZZONELLI, 2010
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Liolaemus shitan?
|Higher Taxa||Liolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Liolaemus shitan ABDALA, QUINTEROS, SCROCCHI & STAZZONELLI 2010|
Liolaemus elongatus — CEI & AVILA 1998
Liolaemus elongatus — MORANDO et al. 2003
|Distribution||Argentina (Río Negro)|
Type locality: Over Provincial route 6, 175 km from General Roca, Estancia Piedras Blancas (40° 17’ 17.8’’ S, 68° 27’ 26.9’’ W), 820 m elevation, Río Negro, Argentina.
|Types||Holotype: FML 19276|
|Comment||KWET 2012 says that the ABDALA paper was published in 2011.|
Synonymy: populations of L. shitan that show marked melanism are genetically intermixed with individuals of L. elongatus (Medina 2015, PhD thesis). Medina et al 2017 did not find sufficient molecular distinction between L. elongatus and L. shitan, despite morphological distinction between individuals from type localities (Medina 2015).
|Etymology||Named after the Arabian “Shitan”, meaning “demon”, because this species is extremely aggressive and because of its black dorsal coloration.|