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Lerista clara SMITH & ADAMS, 2007

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymLerista clara SMITH & ADAMS 2007
Phaneropis clarus — WELLS 2012: 70
Lerista clara — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: Urala Station, Western Australia at 21°47'22"S, 114°52'04"E. Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: WAM R135537* a male (SVL 37mm, TL 47mm) collected by R.A. How and J. Dell on 25 November 1998. Collected on a red sand dune where Triodiawas dominant. 
CommentDiagnosis: Distinguished from members of the L. muelleri species group in Western Australia with fused frontoparietals (L. allochira, L.amicorum a nd L.rhodonoides) by having paired frontoparietals. Distinguished from other Western Australian members of the species group with paired frontoparietal as follows: from L. haroldi, L. jacksoni, L, micra, L. muelleri and L.nevinae by havi ng five supraciliaries ( 1+2 i n L. muelleri, four, very rarely three in L. haroldi, L. jacksoni, L, micra and L. nevinae). Four species (L. kingi, L.occulta,L.rolfeiandL.verhmens) like L.clara, have five supraciliaries but differ from L.clara in having at least some dark pigment on the lower flanks and venter (immaculate opalescent white in L. clara). 
EtymologyLatin for clear, alluding to shar-edged prominent upper lateral stripe which contrasts strongly with the white flanks. 
References
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • 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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