Phymaturus videlai SCOLARO & PINCHEIRA-DONOSO, 2010
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|Higher Taxa||Liolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||English: Videla rockys’ lizard|
Spanish: Lagarto de Videla
|Synonym||Phymaturus videlai SCOLARO & PINCHEIRA-DONOSO 2010|
Type locality: rocky outcrops (700 elevation), near Buen Pasto town, at about 85 km northwest of Sarmiento (45°04'11"S, 69°25'25"W), Chubut Province, Argentina.
|Types||Holotype: MLP R.5438, adult male. Collected by J.A. Scolaro and O.F. Tappari, 15 November 2008. Paratypes: MLP-R. 5439, adult female; MLP-R. 5440, juvenile female; JAS-DC 1149, adult male; JAS-DC 1146 adult male; JAS-DC 1150, adult female and JAS-DC 1199, juvenile female. All specimens have the same data of collection as the holotype.|
|Comment||This species belongs to the patagonicus group (fide LOBO et al. 2010).|
Diagnosis. As in many other species of the patagonicus clade, Phymaturus videlai can be distinguished from other species of this lineage by features of the colour pattern and the geographical distribution (Figs. 1– 4). The coloration of this species is characterized by irregular and small blackish spots spread over the dorsal surface, whose fusion results in a peculiar pattern. This pattern exhibits moderate sexual differences that, remarkably, can also be observed among juveniles, which suggests that sexual dichromatism might not necessarily be a secondary sexual trait in this species. From most species of the patagonicus clade, except P. castillentis, P. indistictus and P. patagonicus, P. videlai is strongly isolated geographically, as shown in map of figure 3. From these three geographically related species, P. videlai can be distinguished by the coloration features described below (Figs. 1, 2, 4), and by divergence in morphological traits detailed in the first part of the results section above. The species is a member of the patagonicus group of the genus.
|Etymology||The species is named after Argentinean herpetologist Fernando Videla, who, for many years, accompanied José M. Cei in the field. They both conducted field research in several previously unexplored regions of the Argentinean Andes. As a result, he has made important contributions to the knowledge and diffusion of the herpetofauna of Argentina.|
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