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Lerista chordae AMEY, KUTT & HUTCHINSON, 2005

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Lyre-patterned Slider 
SynonymLerista chordae AMEY, KUTT & HUTCHINSON 2005
Tychismia chordae — WELLS 2012: 259
Lerista chordae — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (C Queensland)

Type locality: 21° 05’ 30’’ S, 145° 00’ 16’’ E  
TypesHolotype: QM J81070 
CommentType Species: Lerista chordae Amey et al. 2005 is the type species of the genus Tychismia WELLS 2012: 252. WELLS 2012: 47 erected this genus for the species T. chordae, dorsalis, flammicauda, frosti, concolor, and zietzi. Unfortunately WELLS did not provide a phylogenetic analysis of the genera into which he broke up Lerista, hence we leave the current genus Lerista intact for the time being.

Similar species: L. dorsalis

Limb morphology: 4 digits, 4 toes 
EtymologyNamed after Latin chordeae, strings of a lyre, in reference to the thin black lines on the dorsum. 
  • Amey, A.P.; Kutt, A.S.; Hutchinson, M. 2005. A new species of Lerista (Scincidae) from Central Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 50 (2): 125-131. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Skinner, Adam; Michael S Y Lee and Mark N Hutchinson 2008. Rapid and repeated limb loss in a clade of scincid lizards. [Lerista]. BMC Evolutionary Biology 8:310 - 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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