Liolaemus chehuachekenk AVILA, MORANDO & SITES, 2008
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Liolaemus chehuachekenk?
|Higher Taxa||Liolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Liolaemus chehuachekenk AVILA, MORANDO & SITES 2008|
|Distribution||Argentina (NW Chubut)|
Type locality: southwest slope of Calcatapul Mountains, Ruta Provincial 13, 8 km north of El Molle (42°10’S, 69°32’W, 900 m elevation), Cushamen Department, Chubut Province
|Types||Holotype: MLP S 2535, male, collected by L. J. Avila and C. H. F. Perez, 3 February 2003.|
|Comment||Liolaemus chehuachekenk belongs to the fitzingerii group and is easily distinguished from other members of the group by a combination of morphological and genetic characters. The new species is diagnosable in showing the following combination of characters: dorsal pattern with a conspicuous vertebral band, presence of pre- and postscapular spots, prominent neck folds, and analysis of DNA sequence data from 810 base pairs of the cytochrome b gene (∼4% sequence divergence from its sister taxa Liolaemus fitzingerii).|
|Etymology||Etymology.—The specific name chehuachekenk, comes from the name of one of the main subgroups of the Tehuelches aboriginal people that inhabited western Chubut, Rio Negro, and southern Neuque´ n Provinces and were themselves known as Chehuache-Kenk.|
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