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Lerista jacksoni SMITH & ADAMS, 2007

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymLerista jacksoni SMITH & ADAMS 2007
Phaneropis jacksoni — WELLS 2012: 72
Lerista jacksoni — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia: Pilbara plateau and adjacent coast)

Type locality: Burrup Peninsula at 20°31'40"S, 116°49'11"E.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: WAM R132644*, a female (SVL 34 mm, TL 44 mm) collected by B. Maryan on 30 May 1998. 
CommentDiagnosis: Distinguished from members of the L. muelleri species group in Western Australia with fused frontoparietals (L. allochira, L. amicorum and L. rhodonoides) by having paired frontoparietals. Distinguished from other Western Australian members of the species group with paired frontoparietals and four supraciliaries as follows: from L. muelleri (1+2 supraciliaries); from L. micra by its reduced (usually darker) dosal pattern which is dusky grey, the dorsolateral stripe is absent and upper lateral stripe reduced to spots (in L. micra the back is grey, olive or brown, the dorsolateral stripe weak or absent and the upper lateral stripe weak but present); from L.haroldi by the presence of dark pigment on back and flanks (back and flanks pinkish-grey in L. haroldi); and from L. nevinaeby the absence of a pair of continuous dark paravertebral stripes. The remaining species with paired frontoparietals (L. clara, L. kingi, L. occulta, L. rolfei and L.vehmens) are distinguished from L. jacksoniby having five supraciliaries. 
EtymologyAfter Gregory Jackson of the Western Australian Museum who has been responsible for the design and layout of many Western Australian Museum publications since 1976. 
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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