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Liolaemus tulkas QUINTEROS, ABDALA, GÓMEZ & SCROCCHI, 2008

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Higher TaxaLiolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymLiolaemus tulkas QUINTEROS, ABDALA, GÓMEZ & SCROCCHI 2008 
DistributionArgentina (Catamarca, above 2000 m elevation).

Type locality: 57 km nw of Fiambalá, road to Paso San Francisco, Tinogasta, Catamarca province, Argentina. 27°43’12.8”S; 67°58’33.4”W, 2825 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: FML 18136. adult male. 
Etymologyin the mythology of J. R.R. Tolkien, “Tulkas” is one of the ainur or powers that helped shape arda or middle earth. One of the characteristics of Tulkas is that of running faster than any other creature. Liolaemus tulkas is very fast in short sprints. 
  • AVILA, LUCIANO JAVIER; LORENA ELIZABETH MARTINEZ & MARIANA MORANDO 2013. Checklist of lizards and amphisbaenians of Argentina: an update. Zootaxa 3616 (3): 201–238
  • Quinteros, A.S.; Abdala, C.S.; Díaz Gómez, J.M. & Scrocchi, G.J. 2008. Two new species of Liolaemus (Iguania: Liolaemidae) of Central West Argentina. South American J. Herp. 3 (2): 101-111 - get paper here
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