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Lerista kingi SMITH & ADAMS, 2007

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: King's Three-toed Slider 
SynonymLerista kingi SMITH & ADAMS 2007
Phaneropis kingi — WELLS 2012: 72
Lerista kingi — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (SW Western Australia)

Type locality: Mt Gibson, Western Australia in 29°35'47"S, 117°12'45"E.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R144164*, a female (SVL 41 mm, tail missing) collected by R.P. Hart and S. Reynolds on 9 October 2000. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: 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 L. haroldi, L. jacksoni, L. micra, L. muelleri and L. nevinae by having five supraciliaries (four in L. haroldi, L. jacksoni, L. micra, L. nevinae and 1 + 2 i n L. muelleri). Distinguished from those species which also have five supraciliaries as follows: from L. clara by having a pigmented venter (immaculate pearly-white in L. clara); from L. verhmens by its smaller size (mean SVL of L. kingi up to 37.3 mm versus 40.5 mm in L. verhmens); from L. rolfei by lacking a hiatus immediately below the upper lateral stripe (hiatus present in L. rolfei); and from L. occulta by its its dorsal colour (usually brown in L. kingi versus purplish in L.occulta). 
CommentLimb morphology: 3 digits, 3 toes 
EtymologyAfter Dennis King (1942-2002), contributor and Honourary Associate of the Herpetology Department of the Western Australian Museum for many years. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - 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
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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