Two new lizards with ‘heroic past’ discovered in the Chilean Andes

Main report: Two new lizards with 'heroic past' discovered in the Chilean Andes
(ScienceDaily)
Other Reporting: California Academy of Sciences, ScienceBlog
Scientific Paper: Zookeys    (Plazi Treatment)
New Taxa: Liolaemus janequeoae , Liolaemus leftrarui
Species named for: Janequeo, a prominent Lonko (tribal chief) of Mapuche-Pehuenche origins. , Leftraru, the most prominent Lonko (tribal chief) of the Mapuche people.
Categories: New Species | Reptiles
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Two new species of lizards have been discovered in the Andean highlands of Southern Chile. Collected from areas of heroic past, both small reptiles were named after courageous tribal chiefs who have once fought against colonial Spaniards in the Arauco war.

This is a photograph of Liolaemus janequeoae sp. n. taken when researchers saw the species for very first time while one climbed onto a backpack. Credit: Hugo A. Díaz

This is a photograph of Liolaemus janequeoae sp. n. taken when researchers saw the species for very first time while one climbed onto a backpack. Credit: Hugo A. Díaz

Liolaemus leftrarui

Liolaemus leftrarui

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