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Nuevo Liolaemus (Iguania: Liolaemidae) perteneciente al grupo boulengeri de la provincia de Neuquén, Argentina

Cuadernos de Herpetología 16 (1): 3-13, 2002 popper@tucbbs.com.ar

Abstract

A new species of the genus Liolaemus belonging to the boulengeri group is described. The new species is known from three localities in north central Province of Neuquén, between 500-650 m elev. Both males and females are characterized by having 4 - 6 scales in contact with the mental and a row of lorilabial scales, a combination of characters only shared with L. cuyanus among members of the boulengeri group. The species here described also has a unique pattern of dorsal coloration, characterized by conspicuous pre - postscapulars spots, a prehumeral arch, and 2 - 4 longitudinal rows of lighter spots over a background of predominantly green and light blue. Ventrally, melanism is accentuated in the throat region. This pattern of coloration and characters of lepidosis differ from L. cuyanus and the other members of the boulengeri group.

Key words:

Liolaemus mapuche sp. nov.; grupo boulengeri; Liolaemidae; Iguania; Neuquén

Received: May. 16, 2002 ▪ Accepted: Aug. 04, 2002

Abdala, C. 2002. Nuevo Liolaemus (Iguania: Liolaemidae) perteneciente al grupo boulengeri de la provincia de Neuquén, Argentina. Cuadernos de Herpetología 16: 3-13.