Aprasia wicherina MARYAN, ADAMS & APLIN, 2015
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Aprasia wicherina?
|Higher Taxa||Pygopodidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Wicherina Worm Lizard|
|Synonym||Aprasia wicherina MARYAN, ADAMS & APLIN 2015|
|Distribution||Australia (W Western Australia)|
Type locality: Wicherina Water Reserve (28°43′02′′S, 115°01′11′′E).
|Types||Holotype: WAM R173106, female collected by R. Lloyd and B. Maryan on 1 August 2013; paratypes: WAM|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A small (SVL to 92 mm) and very slender, elongate- bodied member of the A. repens species-group that lacks overt sexual dimorphism and has 14 midbody scale rows; 146–162 ventral scales; 142–156 vertebral scales; five upper labials with first anteriorly fused to nasal; nasal suture variably contacting prefrontal or 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.|
|Comment||Similar species: A. rostrata is the closest relative of A. wicherina. The geographically nearest congeners are A. clairae and A. repens.|
Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).
|Etymology||The species name refers to the area of Wicherina, where all the type material is known from, and a local indigenous word meaning water hole (S. Heriot, pers. comm.). The epithet is to be used as a noun in apposition.|