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Aurivela tergolaevigata (CABRERA, 2004)

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Higher TaxaTeiidae, Teiinae, Gymnophthalmoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymCnemidophorus tergolaevigatus CABRERA 2004
Aurivela tergolaevigata — HARVEY et al. 2012
Cnemidophorus tergolaevigata — AVILA et al. 2013
Aurivela tergolaevigata — AVILA et al. 2021 
DistributionW Argentina (La Rioja, Catamarca, Salta)

Type locality: Chilecito, Cerro (= Sierra de) Velasco, Villa Unión and Cerro Famatina, La Rioja province, Argentina.  
TypesHolotype: MACN (Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales) 6827 
CommentGroup: member of the longicauda group, see C. longicauda for details. 
EtymologyNamed after the Latin words tergum (back) and laevigatus (smooth), to remark its unstriped back in contrast with the multistriped pattern of its more allied species, Cnemidophorus longicauda. 
  • AVILA, LUCIANO JAVIER; LORENA ELIZABETH MARTINEZ & MARIANA MORANDO 2013. Checklist of lizards and amphisbaenians of Argentina: an update. Zootaxa 3616 (3): 201–238 - get paper here
  • Avila, Luciano Javier; Martín Miguel Femenías, Cristian Hernán Fulvio Pérez, Mariana Morando 2021. Nuevas especies de Liolaemus para la herpetofauna de la provincia de La Rioja, Argentina. Cuadernos de Herpetología 35 (S1): 223-228
  • Cabrera, M. R. 2004. A new species of Cnemidophorus (Squamata: Teiidae) from western Argentina. Amphibia-Reptilia 25 (3): 265-275 - get paper here
  • Cabrera, Mario R. 2012. A new species of Cnemidophorus (Squamata, Teiidae) from the South American Chaco. The Herpetological Journal 22 (2): 123-131 - get paper here
  • Cabrera, Mario R. & Carreira, S. 2009. A new, but probably extinct, species of Cnemidophorus (Squamata, Teiidae) from Uruguay. The Herpetological Journal 19: 97–105 - get paper here
  • Cabrera, Mario R.; Etheridge, Richard E. 2006. New records and type locality restriction for the endemic Argentinian lizard Cnemidophorus tergolaevigatus (Squamata: Teiidae). Herpetological Review 37 (1): 110-111 - get paper here
  • Gallardo, Gabriela A. 2019. Ecología reproductiva de Aurivela tergolaevigata (Teiidae) en el monte del noroeste de Argentina: efectos de las variaciones ambientales interanuales. Cuad. herpetol. 33 (1): - get paper here
  • HARVEY, MICHAEL B.; GABRIEL N. UGUETO & RONALD L. GUTBERLET, Jr. 2012. Review of Teiid Morphology with a Revised Taxonomy and Phylogeny of the Teiidae (Lepidosauria: Squamata). Zootaxa 3459: 1–156 - get paper here
  • Yoke, M.M.; Morando, M.; Avila L.J. & Sites, J.W. Jr. 2006. Phylogeography and genetic structure in the Cnemidophorus longicauda complex (Squamata, Teiidae). Herpetologica 62 (4): 420-434 - get paper here
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