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dc.contributor.authorHernández, Efraín-
dc.contributor.authorNogales, Manuel-
dc.contributor.authorMartín, Aurelio-
dc.identifier.citationHerpetologica 56(1): pp. 63-76 (2000)en_US
dc.description.abstractWe describe a new species of Gallotia from Tenerife (Canary Islands). This lizard is intermediate in size between the two smaller (G. atlantica and G. galloti) and the two larger (G. simonyi and G. stehlini) species. Furthermore, it differs from the two similar larger Gallotia in the number of supratemporal scales (mode 4 instead of mode 2), usually 16 longitudinal ventral scalerows, and having distinctive dorsal yellow spots, and small lateral yellow or blue spots. Individuals from a small population located in La Hábiga show a pale gray reticulation on dorsum and absence of ocelli in the lateral region. Univariate and multivariate analyses of nine meristic variables of each extant species within the genus Gallotia revealed significant variation. Principal component analyses support the existence of three main morphological clusters within the genus, the new lizard being nearest to G. simonyi and G. stehlini. Molecular data from mtDNA sequences (cytochrome b and 12S ribosomal RNA) indicate that G. intermedia is closely related to G. simonyien_US
dc.description.sponsorshipWe thank J. C. Rando, A. Rivera , T. Díaz, and specially M. Siverio and J. J. Ramos for invaluable assistance in the field. A. García extracted blood samples, our colleagues from the Genetics Department did the molecular analysis, and V. M. Cabrera helped revise the manuscript. J. de Urioste and M. J. Bethencourt maintained lizards in captivity, and M, Báez and A. Valido read the paper and provided some specimens for comparisons. V. Bochlke translated some German texts, and R. Hutterer clarified some taxonomic problems for us. Collecting was facilitated by permits issued by the Viceconsejería de Medio Ambiente del Gobierno de Canarias. The Museo de Ciencias Naturales de Tenerife allowed us to study specimens in its collection. This research was made possible by the logistic support of S. Carranza and F. Fuentes, E. Quintero and O. Monterroso from ATAN (Asociación Tinerfeña de Amigos de la Naturaleza) and the cooperation of the Unidad de Helicópteros nº 11 de la Guardia Civil en S/C de Tenerife (151 Comandancia) who kindly transported us to inaccessible places. The Associate Editor (J. J. Wiens), I, I, Grismer, E. N. Arnold and two anonymous referees very valuable comments to improve the manuscript.en_US
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dc.publisherHerpetologists' Leagueen_US
dc.subjectCanary Islandsen_US
dc.subjectMultivariate analysisen_US
dc.titleDiscovery of a new lizard in the Canary Islands, with a multivariate analysis of Gallotia (Reptilia: Lacertidae)en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedPeer revieweden_US
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