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Lerista alia AMEY, COUPER & WORTHINGTON-WILMER, 2019

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesBulleringa Fine-lined Slider 
SynonymLerista alia AMEY, COUPER & WORTHINGTON-WILMER 2019 
DistributionAustralia (N Queensland)

Type locality: Van Lee Station, NWQ (17°51'19"S, 143°50'17"E)  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: QM J94337, 20 September, 2015.
Paratypes: QM J74236, Donkey Spring, Bulleringa National Park, NWQ (17°37'18"S, 143°48'35"E), 30 October, 2000; QM J94306, Van Lee Station, NWQ (17°51'21"S, 143°50'15"E), 20 September, 2015; QM J94308, Van Lee Station, NWQ (17°51'19"S, 143°50'15"E), 20 September, 2015; QM J94309, Van Lee Station, NWQ (17°51'20"S, 143°50'13"E), 20 September, 2015; QM J94312, Van Lee Station, NWQ (17°51'23"S, 143°50'16"E), 20 September, 2015; QM J95798, Talaroo Rd, NWQ (18°02'04"S, 143°48'15"E), 8 May, 2017. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Distinguished from all other Lerista by the complete absence of a forelimb, hindlimb styliform or with a reduced digit, >2.5% SVL, interparietal distinct from the frontoparietals, prefrontals absent, four supraciliaries and anterior chin shields with an intervening scale.

Comparisons. Lerista alia sp. nov. is very close morphologically to L. storri and would key to that species following Cogger (2014). It can usually be distinguished by its longer hindlimb, often with a distinct digit, but there is overlap in this character (range: 2.33–4.49% SVL vs. 1.70–2.46% SVL). Lerista alia sp. nov. always has discrete dark flecks forming more or less distinct longitudinal dark lines running along the body, strongest anteriorly, whereas, in L. storri, these are represented only by vague longitudinal bands of pigment. The two species are separated geographically by about 60 km, with L. alia sp. nov. centred on Bulleringa National Park and L. storri known only from Springfield Station (see Fig. 1). For comparisons with other species, see L. storri description above. 
CommentHabitat: Specimens were found in loose soil under logs and other debris. 
EtymologyThe species epithet alia is Latin for different or changed, chosen to illustrate its relationship to its close relative, L. storri s.s. 
References
  • AMEY, ANDREW P.; PATRICK J. COUPER, JESSICA WORTHINGTON WILMER 2019. Two new species of Lerista Bell, 1833 (Reptilia: Scincidae) from north Queensland populations formerly assigned to Lerista storri Greer, McDonald and Lawrie, 1983 Zootaxa 4577 (1) - get paper here
 
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