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Lerista aericeps STORR, 1986

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Desert Plain Slider 
SynonymLerista aericeps STORR 1986
Lerista aericeps — COGGER 2000: 512
Miculia aericeps — WELLS 2012: 53 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland)

Type locality: 25 km S Alice Springs, Northern Territory  
TypesHolotype: NTM R34506 (formerly CAWC [Central Australian Wildlife Collection] R1568, incorrectly cited as R1565 by Storr, 1986), 25km S of Alice Springs, NT, collected by A. Kerle, 5.xi.1985 (see Horner, 1999); paratypes: WAM 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small slender Lerista with four fingers, four toes and immovable eyelid (a large transparent disc), distinguishable from L. separanda and L. xanthura by its coppery head, faintly spotted back and tail, and single preocular (rather than two). Further distinguishable from L. separanda by its yellow (rather than red) tail and five (rather than four) supraciliaries. Distinguishable from L. aericeps taeniata by lack of dark upper lateral stripe. 
CommentLimb morphology: 4 digits, 4 toes 
EtymologyFrom Latin aes (copper) and ceps (head). 
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  • Swan, G.; Sadlier, R.; Shea, G. 2017. A field guide to reptiles of New South Wales. Reed New Holland, 328 pp.
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