Liolaemus uptoni SCOLARO & CEI, 2006
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Liolaemus uptoni?
|Higher Taxa||Liolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Liolaemus uptoni SCOLARO & CEI 2006|
|Distribution||Argentina (Patagonia: Chubut), elevation 800 m|
Type locality: in open steppe zone with abundance of sandy eolic deposits; Bajada del Buey (42º23'46" S; 68º57'56" W; 815 m asl), west of Pampa de Sacanana, Provincial Road 4, Km 360, Chubut Province, Argentina.
|Types||Holotype: MACN-38742, adult male. Collected by J.A. Scolaro and J.A. Upton, 10 April 1997.|
Paratypes: MACN-38743, adult male; MACN-38744, adult female, MACN-38745, adult female.
|Comment||Group: kingii group.|
Diagnosis—Liolaemus uptoni differs from other Liolaemus species for its coloration and lepidosis, being close to Liolaemus somuncurae belonging to kingii group. Its lepidosis shows a dorsal pattern of paravertebral lighter scales, notoriously keeled and larger than in L. somuncurae. The black parietal pileus is more accentuated. Ventral melanism is moderate, with a reticulate pattern of spots and pigment blots more expanded and confluent on a medial line, and semicircular black bands over the cloacal region. Hindlimbs are long, reaching the antehumeral region in females but exceeding it in males: a character which does not occur in L. somuncurae.
Habitat: Liolaemus uptoni was found under isolated bushes present on sandy grounds and eroded slopes at Bajada del Buey, and west of Pampa de Sacanana,
|Etymology||Named after a late friend and collaborator of the authors, Jorge Arturo Upton.|
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