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Lerista kalumburu STORR, 1976

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Kalumburu Slider 
SynonymLerista kalumburu STORR 1976: 250
Lerista kalumburu — COGGER 1983: 173
Lerista kalumburu — COGGER 2000: 521
Marrunisauria kalumburu — WELLS 2012: 227
Lerista kalumburu — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia: Northern Kimberley)

Type locality: Kalumburu, 14° 18’ S, 126'38’ E, W. A.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R27915 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A species of Lerista with two or three toes, forelimb with a single digit or a stump, a free eyelid, frontoparietals not fused to interparietal, four or five supraciliaries all in contact, three supraoculars, and no more than five nuchals (AMEY & WORTHINGTON WILMER 2014).

Original Diagnosis: Small obscurely spotted Lerista with digits 1 + 3, eyelid movable, and frontoparietals separated. Further distinguishable from L. walkeri and L. borealis by smaller frontoparietals, larger primary temporal arid fewer rows of midbody scales; it is also less heavily spotted under the tail, and th~ supraciliaries are less disparate in size. (Storr 1976)

Description (of holotype, the onl specimen available to Storr): Snout-vent length (mm): 50. Length, of appendages etc. (% SVL): foreleg 2; hindleg 13; tail 73; snout to foreleg 25.
Nasals forming a long median suture. Prefrontals widely separated. Frontoparietals separated, ver~ much smaller than interparietal. Nuchals 2-3. Supraoculars 3, first two contacting frontal. Supraciliaries 5; first and fourth
'largest; second, third and fifth smallest. Upper secondary temporal largest; lower secondary much the smallest. Midbody scale rows 18. Lamellae under longest toe 8-9.
Coloration: surface brown, each dorsal scale with a central brown spot; spots on flanks tending to coalesce into obscure longitudinally orientated lines. Lips pale brown barred with dark brown. Under surface whitish, sparsely spotted with pale brown towards tip of tail. (Storr 1976) 
CommentLimb morphology: 1 digits, 3 toes 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • AMEY, ANDREW P. & JESSICA WORTHINGTON WILMER 2014. Morphological diversity and genetic structure within Lerista kalumburu Storr, 1976 (Squamata: Scincomorpha: Sphenomorphidae)—taxonomic implications. Zootaxa 3821 (2): 239–252 - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Couper, P., Covacevich, J., Amey, A. & Baker, A. 2006. The genera of skinks (Family Scincidae) of Australia and its island territories: diversity, distribution and identification. in: Merrick, J.R., Archer, M., Hickey, G.M. & Lee, M.S.Y. (eds.). Evolution and Zoogeography of Australasian Vertebrates. Australian Scientific Publishing, Sydney, pp. 367-384
  • 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. 1976. Revisionary notes on the Lerista (Lacertilia: Scincidae) of Western Australia. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 4: 241-256 - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M., Smith, L. A. & Johnstone, R. E. 1981. Lizards of Western Australia. I. Skinks. Perth: University of Western Australia Press and Western Australian Museum, 200 pp.
  • 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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