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Aprasia clairae MARYAN, HOW & ADAMS, 2013

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Higher TaxaPygopodidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymAprasia clairae MARYAN, HOW & ADAMS 2013 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia: Turtle Bay, East Wallabi Island)

Type locality: Turtle Bay, East Wallabi Island, Houtman Abrolhos Islands (28°25'55"S, 113°44'08"E).  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: WAM R156901, male, on 8 November 2005 by B. Maryan and R.A. How
Paratypes: Australia: Western Australia: male, 10 km SSE Dongara, Geraldton Sandplains bioregion (29°19'S, 114°58'E), 28 September 1996, G. Harold (WAM R127527); male, as for holotype except 7 November 2005 (WAM R156892). 
CommentDiagnosis: A small (SVL up to 90 mm) and slender-bodied member of the A. repens species-group with 14 midbody scales, 152–154 ventral scales, 138–146 vertebral scales, five upper labials with first anteriorly fused to nasal, condition of nasal suture typically contacting second upper labial, postocular fused with fourth upper labial, and simple colouration of longitudinal lines of brownish streaks on a yellowish-brown dorsum with a densely flecked ventral surface.

Diagnosis (revised): A small (SVL of males to 90 mm; of females to 103 mm), slender-bodied (IBR 31.9–46.2; of males (n = 5) 31.9–39.2; of females (n = 2) 40.–46.2), sexually dimorphic member of the A. repens species-group with 14 midbody scale rows, 152–188 ventral scales (of males 152–164; of females 182–188), 138–168 vertebral scales (of males 138–156; of females 168), five upper labials with first anteriorly fused to nasal, condition of nasal suture variably contacting prefrontal or second upper labial, postocular fused with fourth upper labial, and simple colouration of longitudinal lines of brown to black streaks on a yellowish-brown to light brown dorsum with a densely flecked greyish ventral surface (Maryan et al. 2015).

Similar species: A. repens and A. haroldi.

Abundance: rare; the species is known from only 3 specimens. 
EtymologyETYMOLOGY: This species is named for Claire Stevenson, formerly of the Western Australian Museum, in recognition of her contribution to Western Australian natural history and the collections of the Western Australian Museum, and her exemplary facilitation of numerous taxonomic research and administration projects. 
References
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Maryan, Brad; Mark Adams, and Ken P. Aplin 2015. Taxonomic resolution of the Aprasia repens species-group (Squamata: Pygopodidae) from the Geraldton Sandplains: a description of a new species and additional mainland records of A. clairae. Rec. Austr. Mus. 30 012–032, DOI: 10.18195/issn.0312-3162.30(1).2015.012-032
  • Maryan, Brad; Ric A. How, and Mark Adams 2013. A new species of the Aprasia repens species-group (Squamata: Pygopodidae) from Western Australia. Rec. Western Australian Museum 28 (1): 30-43 - get paper here
 
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