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Lerista haroldi STORR, 1983

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Gnaraloo Mulch-slider 
SynonymLerista haroldi STORR 1983
Miculia haroldi — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 34
Lerista haroldi — COGGER 2000: 521
Phaneropis haroldi — WELLS 2012: 71
Lerista haroldi — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia: White coastal and near-coastal sands of the upper west coast from Gnaraloo, south to Cape Cuvier)

Type locality: 1km S Gnaraloo, HS, WA [23°49'S 113°31'E].  
TypesHolotype: WAM R81199. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: 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 and 1+2, four or five supraciliaries (L. clara, L. jacksoni, L. kingi, L. muelleri, L, micra, L.nevinae, L. occulta, L. rolfei and L. vehmens) by the lack of lateral or dorsal pattern (dorsal and upper lateral pattern present in L.clara, L.jacksoni, L.kingi, L.muelleri, L,micra,L.nevinae, L.occulta, L.rolfei and L.vehmens). 
CommentLimb morphology: 3 digits, 3 toes 
EtymologyNamed after Gregory Harold, a biologisrwho worked with Storr. 
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Storr G M 1983. Two new lizards from Western Australia (genera Diplodactylus and Lerista). Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 11 (1): 59-62 - 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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