A new species of Liolaemus related to L. Nigroviridis from the Andean highlands of central Chile (Iguania, Liolaemidae)

Jaime Troncoso-Palacios, Alvaro A. Elorza, German I. Puas, Edmundo Alfaro-Pardo

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Abstract

The Liolaemus nigroviridis group is a clade of highland lizards endemic to Chile. These species are distributed from northern to central Chile, and currently there are no cases of sympatric distribution. This study describes a new species, Liolaemus uniformis sp. n., from this group, and provides a detailed morphological characterization and mitochondrial phylogeny using cytochrome-b. Liolaemus uniformis was found in sympatry with L. nigroviridis but noticeably differed in size, scalation, and markedly in the color pattern, without sexual dichromatism. This new species has probably been confused with L. monticola and L. bellii, both of which do not belong to the nigroviridis group. The taxonomic issues of this group that remain uncertain are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-114
Number of pages24
JournalZooKeys
Volume2016
Issue number555
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Cyt-b
  • L. uniformis sp n
  • Liolaemus nigroviridis
  • Lizard
  • MtDNA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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