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Published: 2021-01-07

A new species of Liolaemus (Reptilia: Squamata) of the Liolaemus capillitas clade (Squamata, Liolaemini, Liolaemus elongatus-kriegi group) from Sierra de Velasco, La Rioja Province, Argentina

Instituto Patagónico para el Estudio de los Ecosistemas Continentales, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (IPEEC-CONICET), Boulevard Almirante Guillermo Brown 2915, 9120, Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina.
Instituto Patagónico para el Estudio de los Ecosistemas Continentales, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (IPEEC-CONICET), Boulevard Almirante Guillermo Brown 2915, 9120, Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina. Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco (UNPSJB), Bv. Almte Brown 3051, U9120ACD Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina.
Laboratorio de Genética Molecular, UAT, Centro Científico Tecnológico CONICET – CENPAT, Boulevard Almirante Guillermo Brown 2915, 9120, Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina.
Centro Regional de Investigaciones Científicas y Transferencia Tecnológica La Rioja CRILAR, (CONICET- UNCA- SeGeMAR- Gob. La Rioja-UNLaR). Entre Ríos y Mendoza s/n (5301) Anillaco, La Rioja-Argentina.
UAT, Centro Científico Tecnológico CONICET – CENPAT, Boulevard Almirante Guillermo Brown 2915, 9120, Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina.
Department of Biology, Austin Peay University, Clarksville, Tennessee, USA.
Instituto Patagónico para el Estudio de los Ecosistemas Continentales, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (IPEEC-CONICET), Boulevard Almirante Guillermo Brown 2915, 9120, Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina. Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco (UNPSJB), Bv. Almte Brown 3051, U9120ACD Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina.
Reptilia Argentina Liolaemidae Liolaemus galactostictos sp. nov. Liolaemus petrophilus group Northwestern Argentina

Abstract

A new species of the Liolaemus capillitas clade is described. Liolaemus galactostictos sp. nov. differs from other members of its group by a combination of morphological and molecular traits, in particular its black dorsal coloration pattern not found in any other Liolaemus species. Liolaemus galactostictos sp. nov. is only known from its type locality. This new species is found in rocky fields surrounded by grasslands on the top of the Velasco Mountains, a ¨sky island environment¨, in northwestern Argentina. As well as other members of its clade this species seems to be strictly saxicolous, viviparous and feeds on insects.

 

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