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Lerista amicorum SMITH & ADAMS, 2007

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Fortescue Three-toed Slider 
SynonymLerista amicorum SMITH & ADAMS 2007: 320
Lokisaurus amicorum — WELLS 2012: 275
Lerista amicorum — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: 33.6km SE Roy Hill at 22°34'34"S 119°43'50"E.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R158235, a female (SVL 49, tail 48) collected by R. Teale on 8 July 2004. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Distinguished from members of the L. muelleri species group of Western Australia with paired frontoparietals (L. clara, L. haroldi, L. jacksoni, L. kingi, L. micra, L. nevinae, L. occultus, L. rolfei and L. verhmens) by having the frontoparietals fused. Distinguished from L. allochira by having three fingers (two in allochira) and from L. rhodonoides by sometimes having 18 or 22 midbody scale rows, dorsal scale rows dark-edged and a bright yellow tail (the tail of L.rhodonoides is usually brownish, at most with a tinge of yellow). 
CommentLimb morphology: 3 digits, 3 toes 
EtymologyTwo friends and stalwarts of the Western Australian Museum, W.H. (Harry) Butler and A.M. (Athol) Douglas collected the original specimens in 1964. Suspecting they were a new species the two evanescent rivals arrived very early one morning at the Herpetology laboratory at the Western Australian Museum, almost coincidentally, breathless, and each with part of the Poona series listed above [and clearly trying to claim the kudos for the discovery of a suspected new species]. Glen Storr, then Curator, assured them the specimens were only examples of L. muelleri, but facetiously suggested that should the specimens ever prove to be a new species he would call it amicorum (Latin for “of the friends”). 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Smith, LA; Adams, M 2007. Revision of the Lerista muelleri species-group (Lacertilia: Scincidae) in Western Australia, with a redescription of L. muelleri (Fischer, 1881) and the description of nine new species. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 23 (4): 309-358 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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