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Lerista gascoynensis STORR, 1986

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Gascoyne Broad-blazed Slider 
SynonymLerista gascoynensis STORR 1986
Lerista gascoynensis — COGGER 2000: 520
Lerista gascoynensis — PIANKA & VITT 2003: 215
Telchinoscincus gascoynensis — WELLS 2012: 128
Lerista gascoynensis — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: 16 km S Gascoyne Junction, WA [25°10'S 115°12'E].  
TypesHolotype: WAM R55971. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium-sized member of the L. nichollsi complex with immovable eyelids, three supraciliaries (first and second separated by first supraocular) and narrow vertebral stripe. Distinguishable from L. uniduo by its greater size (maximum SVL 70 mm, v. 59), relatively stouter body and bolder pattern, and from both subspecies of L. nichollsi by its fewer supraciliaries (four in L. n. nichollsi and L. n. petersoni). 
CommentLimb morphology: 0 digits, 2 toes. Does not have front limbs but reduced hind limbs with 2 digits each. 
EtymologyNamed after its occurrence in the Gascoyne River basin. 
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  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
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  • Pianka, E.R. & Vitt, L.J. 2003. Lizards - Windows to the Evolution of Diversity. University of California Press, Berkeley, 347 pp. [review in Copeia 2004: 955] - 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
  • Storr G M 1986. Two new members of the Lerista nichollsi complex (Lacertilia: Scincidae). Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 13 (1): 47-52 - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M.; L. A. Smith, and R. E. Johnstone 1999. Lizards of Western Australia. I. Skinks. Revised Edition. Western Australian Museum
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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