Una nueva especie de Liolaemus (Iguania: liolaemidae) perteneciente al grupo L. Montanus en las lomas costeras del sur de Perú

Translated title of the contribution: A new species of liolaemus (Iguania: Liolaemidae) of the group L. Montanus from the coastal hills of Southern Peru

Luis Villegas Paredes, Ling Huamaní-Valderrama, César Luque-Fernández, Roberto Carlos Gutiérrez, Aarón Josué Quiróz, Cristian Simón Abdala

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The genus Liolaemus presents great diversity among the current tetrapods. It is the second genus with the highest number of valid species described of the Iguana infraorder. In this study, we described a new species of sand lizard from the coastal lomas of Quilca, La Chira and Ocoña that belongs to the subgenus Eulaemus and group of Liolaemus montanus, all in the province of Camaná, department of Arequipa, Peru. To determine the taxonomic status of this new organism, we analyzed morphological, molecular and geographical characters. The morphological characters allowed the characterization and diagnosis of the new species, the molecular data was used to make a Bayesian inference, and the geographic data served to determine potential distribution areas. This lizard diverges from the other species of the Liolaemus montanus group for its small to medium size, several sets of morphological characters, folidosis and color pattern. It is also the only species of the genus where the males have a pattern of lateral spots of rounded shape with dark border and green interior, from the armpits to the middle of the body. Additionally, the molecular phylogenetic results made with the Cyt-b gene indicate that it has no direct relationship with the phenetically similar species described for the group; nevertheless, there is a relationship with geographically close populations, which has not been properly described. Finally, it was determined that this lizard has a very marked endemism and its populations are not abundant.

Translated title of the contributionA new species of liolaemus (Iguania: Liolaemidae) of the group L. Montanus from the coastal hills of Southern Peru
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)69-86
Number of pages18
JournalRevista de Biologia Tropical
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2020

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El presente estudio cuenta con la autoriza-ci?n pertinente de la Administraci?n T?cnica Forestal y Fauna Silvestre del Ministerio de Agricultura-Per?. Resoluci?n de Direcci?n General N?103-2017-SERFOR/DGGSPFFS-N? AUT-IFS-2017-028. Se extiende un fuerte agradecimiento a Johana Quispe, Raquel Ruiz, Miguel D?az, Adriel Villegas, Anthony Pauca, Jefferson Bedregal, Vanessa Quequejana y Luis Arapa, quienes participaron en las salidas de campo para recolectar y capturar lagartijas. Tambi?n debemos dar gracias a Evaristo L?pez por el acceso a la colecci?n cient?fica del Museo de Historia Natural de la Universidad Nacional de San Agust?n de Arequipa y a la Dra. Ana Lazo por facilitarnos acceso a la informaci?n de su proyecto. Este art?culo form? parte de la informaci?n generada por los proyectos de la Universidad Nacional de San Agust?n de Arequipa-UNSA, en el marco del proyecto IBA-0004-2017-UNSA. Agradecemos adem?s al proyecto de CONICET (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cient?ficas y T?cnicas, Argentina) de C. Abdala (PICT 2015-1398).

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