Phymaturus palluma (MOLINA, 1782)
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|Higher Taxa||Liolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||High Mountain Lizard|
|Synonym||Lacerta palluma MOLINA 1782: 345|
Lacerta Palluma MOLINA 1788: 393
Centrura flagellifer BELL 1843: 25
Phymaturus palluma — GRAVENHORST 1838: 750
Phymaturus palluma — BOULENGER 1885: 184
Phymaturus palluma palluma — BURT & BURT 1931: 281
Uracentron palluma - BURT & BURT 1933 (in errore)
Phymaturus palluma — PETERS & DONOSO-BARROS 1970: 227
Phymaturus adrianae PEREYRA 1992 (nom. nud. fide LOBO & QUINTEROS 2005)
Phymaturus palluma — LOBO & QUINTEROS 2005
Phymaturus gynechlomus CORBALÁN, SCOLARO & DEBANDI 2009
Phymaturus flagellifer — SCOLARO & PINCHEIRA-DONOSO 2010
|Distribution||Chile (Coquimbo), Argentina (Catamarca, Patagonia)|
Type locality: Central Chile (higher Cordillera of Chile fide GRAVENHORST 1838).
gynechlomus: Argentina (CW Mendoza); Type locality: in rocky slopes near Cruz de Piedra River, 2 km W of Alvarado Refuge of Laguna del Diamante Reserve, (2433 m elevation), San Carlos Department, Mendoza province, Argentina.
|Types||Neotype: BMNH 19188.8.131.52 (the holotype of Centrura flagellifer Bell, 1843), designated by Etheridge and Savage (2003)|
Holotype: CH-IADIZA 330, adult male, collected by G. Debandi and V. Corbalán, 04 January 2006. Paratypes: CH-IADIZA 331, adult female; CH-IADIZA 332, adult male; CH-IADIZA 333, adult female; MLP.R-5350, adult male; MLP.R.-5351, adult female. All specimens have the same collection data as the holotype [gynechlomus]
|Comment||Subspecies: The former subspecies P. p. patagonicus has been elevated to species status by CEI 1971.|
Synonymy partly after PETERS & DONOSO-BARROS 1970: 227. Phymaturus gynechlomus CORBALÁN, SCOLARO & DEBANDI 2009 is a synonym of P. palluma fide Lobo et al. 2010, and TRONCOSO-PALACIOS & LOBO 2012.
Distribution: Scolaro (2010) claimed that Sierra de Uspallata should be considered the type locality of Phymaturus palluma, and that probably Darwin collected the specimen (today neotype’s species) in this area
Group: This species belongs to the palluma group (fide LOBO et al. 2010).
ETHERIDGE & SAVAGE (2003) suggested to conserve the widespread existing usage of the generic name Phymaturus Gravenhorst, 1837 and the specific name P. palluma (Molina, 1782) for a genus and a species of lizard (family LIOLAEMIDAE in their opinion) from South America by designating the holotype of Centrura flagellifer Bell, 1843 as the neotype of Lacerta palluma Molina, 1782. Phymaturus and P. palluma have been used in this sense since the name L. palluma was first misapplied by Gravenhorst in 1837. In their application it is accepted that Molina's lizard was actually Callopistes maculatus Gravenhorst, 1837.
The ICZN has ruled (ICZN 2005) that the current usage of the generic name Phymaturus Gravenhorst, 1837 and the specific name P. palluma (Molina, 1782) for a genus and a species of lizard (family LIOLAEMIDAE) from South America is conserved by designation of the holotype of Centrura flagellifer Bell, 1843 as the neotype of Lacerta palluma Molina, 1782.
Cei & Scolaro (2006) proposed the holotype of the iguanian synonym Centrura flagellifer (Bell, 1843) as neotype of Phymaturus palluma (Molina, 1782), the misidentified type species of Gravenhorst 1837. Such a neotype should be named Phymaturus flagellifer (Bell, 1843) in agreement to the real taxonomic position of the Molina’s species, a Teiid Callopistes, a lacertilian genus strikingly distant from the iguanid genus Phymaturus.
Type species: Lacerta palluma MOLINA 1782 is the type species of the genus Phymaturus GRAVENHORST 1838. The genus is characterized by robust lizards of stout, wide and flattened bodies that can squeeze into small rock crevices, thick tail with mucronate and spinose scales, lateral nuchal skin folds with fat-filled pouches, among other exclusive characters (Cei 1986; Etheridge 1995).
Diagnosis (gynechlomus). Phymaturus gynechlomus is a member of the flagellifer (= palluma) species group because it exhibits juxtaposed superciliary scales, which are small with a quadrangular shape; fragmented subocular scales; well developed caudal spines and more than two rows of lorilabial scales between supralabial and subocular scales. The dorsal colour pattern of males of P. gynechlomus as well as the unique dorsal colour observed in females, which lacks dark spots, differentiate these species from the remaining members of the flagellifer group. P. gynechlomus belongs to the palluma group (fide LOBO et al. 2010).
|Etymology||Etymology (gynechlomus): The species name derives from the peculiar dorsal coloration observed in females, in which the background is uniform and lacks any particular pattern of dark spots, as observed in other Phymaturus species.|
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