Lerista cinerea GREER, MCDONALD & LAWRIE, 1983
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lerista cinerea?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Vine-thicket Fine-lined Slider|
|Synonym||Lerista cinerea GREER, MCDONALD & LAWRIE 1983|
Gavisus cinerea — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Lerista cinerea — COGGER 2000: 516
Gavisus cinereus — WELLS 2012: 111
Lerista cinerea — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Lerista cinerea — COUPER et al. 2016
Type locality: 'Warrawee', 60 km SE Charters Towers, QLD [20°24'24"S 146°40'12"E = Cardigan Scrub, Warrawee Station, fide COUPER et al. 2016].
|Types||Holotype: QM 40097, female; paratypes: QMJ|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Distinguished from all other Lerista by its combination of enlarged first supraciliary, monodactyl hindlimb, single loreal, usually single preocular, single presubocular and no broad black lateral band.|
Comparisons. Lerista cinerea can only be confused with other Lerista spp. that also possess an enlarged first supraciliary (resulting from the fusion of the first two supraciliaries). These include the Queensland Lerista wilkinsi group (L. ameles, L. hobsoni sp. nov., L. storri, L. vittata, L. vanderduysi sp. nov. and L. wilkinsi) and also L. apoda and L. stylis (both of which are no longer considered members of this group). Lerista cinerea is separated from L. ameles and L. apoda by its hindlimbs (vs. totally limbless), from L. storri by having a clawed digit (vs. stylar), from L. vittata and L. vanderduysi sp. nov. in lacking a broad, dark lateral band (vs. dark lateral band present) and from L. wilkinsi by the number of digits (one vs. two toes on the hindlimb). It is closest to L. hobsoni sp. nov. from which it can be distinguished by possessing a single loreal (vs. two loreals). While specimens from the type locality possess a prefrontal scale which distinguishes them from all other members of the L wilkinsi group, other populations now assigned to L. cinerea are lacking this character.
|Comment||Limb morphology: 0 digits, 1 toes|
|Etymology||Named after its color, Latin “cinis, cineris” = ash.|