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Lerista hobsoni COUPER, AMEY & WORTHINGTON-WILMER, 2016

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymLerista hobsoni COUPER, AMEY & WORTHINGTON-WILMER 2016 
DistributionAustralia (Central Queensland)

Type locality: Rubbish Tip Rd, Pentland, CQ (20°31'46"S,145°24'13"E)  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. QMJ93709, 16 September, 2014.
Paratypes. QMJ40098,male Battery Station, 90 km NNW Charters Towers, NEQ (19°29'54"S,145°39' 30" E), 3 December, 1981; QMJ40099, Battery Station, 90 km NNW Charters Towers, NEQ (19° 29' 54" S, 145° 39' 30" E), 3 December, 1981; QMJ40100, Charters Towers, 83 km NNW, NEQ (19° 33' 42" S, 145° 42' 24" E), 4 December, 1981; QMJ69486, Pentland, CQ (20° 32' S, 145° 24' E), 9 March, 1999; QMJ74899, Lake Louisa, NWQ (19° 54' 30" S, 144° 14' 30" E), 18 March, 1984; QMJ84653–84654, Myola Station, CQ (20° 04' 21" S, 145° 28' 02" E), 29 September–17 December, 2006; SAMR54519–54521, Lolworth, 3 km N, CQ (20° 09' 40" S, 145° 00' 02" E), 20 May, 2000. 
CommentDiagnosis. Distinguished from all other Lerista by its combination of enlarged 1st supraciliary, two loreals, usually two preoculars and a single presubocular and no broad black lateral band.

Comparison with other species. Lerista hobsoni sp. nov. 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. cinerea, 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). It is separated from all of these by possessing two (vs. one) loreal scales. Lerista hobsoni sp. nov. is further separated from L. ameles and L. apoda by its hindlimb (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 (1 vs. 2 toes on the hindlimb).

Habitat: scattered open forest localities in the Upper Burdekin Drainage Basin 
EtymologyNamed for Rodney Grant Hobson of the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, for his significant contribution to the understanding and conservation of Queensland’s reptile fauna. 
References
  • COUPER, PATRICK J.; ANDREW P. AMEY, JESSICA WORTHINGTON-WILMER 2016. Cryptic diversity within the narrowly endemic Lerista wilkinsi group of north Queensland—two new species (Reptilia: Scincidae) Zootaxa 4162 (1): 061–091 - get paper here
 
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