A new species of Liolaemus (Iguania: Liolaemidae) from the hot deserts of northern Patagonia, Argentina

Cristian S. ABDALA, Pablo Anselmo CHAFRAT, Juan C. CHAPARRO, Iván Ezequiel PROCHERET, Julián VALDES, Vanina LANNUTTI, Laura PEREZ & Sebastián QUINTEROS

en European Journal of Taxonomy 890 (136) - Pages 136-164

Published on 29 August 2023

A new species of Liolaemus is described from southwest of the town of Añelo, Neuquén Province, Argentina. Integrative evidence methodology of external morphological characters and molecular phylogenetic analyses of mitochondrial DNA (cyt-b) is used to place the new species to the species group of Liolaemus boulengeri. The new species is phenotypically close to L. mapuche. The new Liolaemus is medium to large in size (males 77.64–83.98 mm, females 72.88–78.58 mm), with evident sexual dichromatism. Genetic distances of the mtDNA (cyt-b) between the new species and its closest relative species are greater than 3% (L. cuyanus 7.48–12.02%; L. josei 7.56–9.60%; L. puelche 8.23–9.93%; L. mapuche 8.51–9.79%). Molecular and morphological phylogenetic results show L. mapuche as the sister species of the new one. The new species is larger than L. mapuche. Dorsal and ventral scales are more numerous in the new species than in L. mapuche, precloacal pores in females are present in L. mapuche and absent in the new species. It has strict psammophilic habits, using sand mounds and sheltering, under Alpataco (Neltuma alpataco) bushes. The L. boulengeri group now contains 75 species distributed in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.

Boulengeri group, Liolaemus, Neuquén, phylogeny, taxonomy
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