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Liolaemus heliodermis ESPINOZA, LOBO & CRUZ, 2000

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Higher TaxaLiolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLiolaemus heliodermis ESPINOZA, LOBO & CRUZ 2000 
DistributionArgentina (Tucumán), elevation 2820 m.

Type locality: “from km marker 95, Ruta Provincial 307, approximately 32 km (by road) from Tafí del Valle, Departamento Tafí del Valle, Provincia de Tucumán, Argentina (26 ̊ 40.82’ S, 65 ̊ 48.74’ W, 2820 m)".  
Reproductionviviparous (phylogenetic imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: FML 7196 (Fundación Miguel Lillo) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. See entry of Liolaemus punmahuida. 
CommentBelongs to the Liolaemus elongatus group (fide ESPINOZA et al. 2000). 
EtymologyNamed after the Greek nouns helio neaning "sun," and derm, meaning "skin." The literal translation "sun skin," refers to the bright, sulfur-yellow dorsal color of the torso in males of the species. The specific epithet heliodermis is a noun in apposition.  
  • Avila, L.J.; Morando, M.; Perez C.H.F. & Sites, J.W. 2004. Phylogenetic relationships of lizards of the Liolaemus petrophilus group (Squamata: Liolaemidae), with descriptions of two new species from western Argentina. Herpetologica 60 (2): 187-203 - get paper here
  • 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,L.J.; Perez, C.H.F. & Morando,M. 2003. A new species of Liolaemus (Squamata: Iguania: Liolaemidae) from Northwestern Patagonia (Neuquén, Argentina). Herpetologica 59 (4): 534–545 - get paper here
  • Espinoza,R.E.; Lobo, F. & Cruz,F.B. 2000. Liolaemus heliodermis, a new lizard from northwestern Argentina with remarks on the content of the elongatus group (Iguanaia: Tropiduridae). Herpetologica 56 (4): 507-516 - get paper here
  • Hernandez, R. & Espinoza, R.E. 2004. Description of the female of the enigmatic lizard, Liolaemus heliodermis (Iguania: Liolaemidae). Herpetological Review 35 (3): 227-229 - get paper here
  • Quinteros, A.S.; Abdala, C.S.; Díaz Gómez, J.M. & Scrocchi, G.J. 2008. Two new species of Liolaemus (Iguania: Liolaemidae) of Central West Argentina. South American J. Herp. 3 (2): 101-111 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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