Liolaemus fabiani

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Liolaemus fabiani
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Liolaemus fabiani in the Salar de Atacama
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Liolaemidae
Genus: Liolaemus
Species: L. fabiani
Binomial name
Liolaemus fabiani

Liolaemus fabiani, commonly known as Yanez's tree iguana and Fabian's lizard (Spanish: lagartija de Fabián), is a species of lizard in the genus Liolaemus in the family Liolaemidae.[1]


The specific name, fabiani, is in honor of Chilean ecologist Fabián Jaksic.[2]

Geographic range[edit]

L. fabiani is endemic to the Salar de Atacama, the Atacama salt flat, in northern Chile.[3]

The species was first described by José L. Yáñez and Herman Núñez in 1983, from a sample collected at a high elevation, 2,450 m (8,040 ft), near San Pedro de Atacama in Llano de Vilama in September 1981 by the Chilean National Museum of Natural History.[4]


Principle diagnostic features of L. fabiani are: "subtriangular head with temporal and occipital regions more prominent than in other species of the genus; dorsal humeral scales smooth and triangular; color pattern ornamented with red and black spots."[4]


  1. ^ Liolaemus fabiani Animal Diversity Web, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology.
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Liolaemus fabiani, p. 88).
  3. ^ Escobar, Claudio M. et al. (2003). "Chemical Composition of Precloacal Secretions of Two Liolaemus fabiani Populations: Are They Different?". Journal of Chemical Ecology 29 (3): 629.
  4. ^ a b Yáñez, José L.; Núñez, Herman (1983)."Liolaemus fabiani, a New Species of Lizard from Northern Chile (Reptilia: Iguanidae)". Copeia 1983 (3): 788-790.

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