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Aprasia wicherina MARYAN, ADAMS & APLIN, 2015

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Higher TaxaPygopodidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesWicherina Worm Lizard 
SynonymAprasia wicherina MARYAN, ADAMS & APLIN 2015 
DistributionAusralia (W Western Australia)

Type locality: Wicherina Water Reserve (28°43′02′′S, 115°01′11′′E).  
TypesHolotype: WAM R173106, female collected by R. Lloyd and B. Maryan on 1 August 2013; paratypes: WAM 
CommentDiagnosis: 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.

Similar species: A. rostrata is the closest relative of A. wicherina. The geographically nearest congeners are A. clairae and A. repens. 
EtymologyThe 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. 
  • 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
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