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Liolaemus lavillai ABDALA & LOBO, 2006

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Higher TaxaLiolaemidae, Iguania, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLiolaemus lavillai ABDALA & LOBO 2006
Liolaemus ornatus — ETHERIDGE 1993
Liolaemus ornatus — MORANDO et al. 2004
Liolaemus lavillai — RUIZ et al. 2021 
DistributionArgentina (departments of Chicoana, La Poma and Cachi in the Saltaprovince, Argentina, from elevations between 2,800 and 4,100 m.)

Type locality: Cuesta del Acay, 3.800 msnm, departamento
La Poma, provincia de Salta, Argentina.  
TypesHolotype: FML 16597 
CommentMember of the darwinii group of Liolaemus.

L. lavillai exhibits marked sexual dichromatism, with the a dorsal pattern more prominent in males, dorsolateral bands well marked, a variety of colors including very light brown to yellow, a pigmented throat, and yellow or reddish-brown abdomen. As in other species of the ornatus group the new species is viviparous. This species been confused with Liolaemus ornatus in the past, but may be distinguished from that species by its coloration and scutellation. 
EtymologyNamed after Esteban Orlando Lavilla, herpetologist. 
  • Abdala, C.S. 2007. Phylogeny of the boulengeri group (Iguania: Liolaemidae, Liolaemus) based on morphological and molecular characters. Zootaxa 1538: 1-84 - get paper here
  • Abdala, Cristian and Fernando Lobo 2006. Nueva especie del grupo de Liolaemus darwinii (Iguania: Liolaemidae) del noroeste de Argentina. Cuadernos de Herpetologia 19 (2): 3-18 - get paper here
  • ABDALA, CRISTIAN SIMÓN; ANDRÉS SEBASTIÁN QUINTEROS,, FEDERICO ARIAS, SABRINA PORTELLI & ANTONIO PALAVECINO 2011. A new species of the Liolaemus darwinii group (Iguania: Liolaemidae) from Salta Province, Argentina. Zootaxa 2968: 26–38 - 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
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Ruiz, S., Quipildor, M., Ruiz-Monachesi, M. R., Escalante, L., Valdecantos, S., & Lobo, F. 2021. Diversification and geological history of the Liolaemus ornatus group (Squamata: Iguania) of Argentina including the recognition of a new species. Zoologischer Anzeiger - get paper here
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