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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
SubspeciesLerista macropisthopus macropisthopus (WERNER 1903)
Lerista macropisthopus remota STORR 1991
Lerista macropisthopus fusciceps STORR 1991
Lerista macropisthopus galea STORR 1991 
Common NamesUnpatterned Robust Slider 
SynonymLygosoma (Rhodona) macropisthopus WERNER 1903
Rhodona macropisthopus — SMITH 1937: 230
Lerista macropisthopa — GREER 1967
Rhodona macropisthopus — PIANKA 1969
Lerista macropisthopus — COGGER 1983: 174
Lerista macropisthopus — GANS & FUSARI 1994
Lerista macropisthopus — COGGER 2000: 525
Aphroditia macropisthopus — WELLS 2012: 178
Lerista macropisthopus — WILSON & SWAN 2010

Lerista macropisthopus fusciceps STORR 1991
Lerista macropisthopus fusciceps — STORR et al. 1999
Aphroditia fusciceps — WELLS 2012: 173

Lerista macropisthopus galea STORR 1991
Lerista macropisthopus galea — STORR et al. 1999
Aphroditia galea — WELLS 2012: 175

Lerista macropisthopus remota STORR 1991
Lerista macropisthopus remota STORR 1991
Lerista macropisthopus remota — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 284
Aphroditia remota — WELLS 2012: 185 
Distributionmacropisthopus: Australia (Western Australia); Type locality: Qld.

fusciceps: central Western Australia; Type locality: 2 km SSW Carnarvon, WA [24°54'S 113°39'E].

galea: central Western Australia; Type locality: 8 km S Galena, WA [27°53'S 114°42'E].

remota: central interior of Western Australia; Type locality: Coondra Coondra Spring, Robertson Range, WA [23°06'S 121°02'E].  
TypesHolotype: RIB 6481 (type 2016)
holotype WAM R71118 [fusciceps]
Holotype WAM R83228 [galea]
holotype WAM R42282 [remota] 
CommentFront and hind limbs with 2 and 3 digits, respectively.

Type Species: Lygosoma (Rhodona) macropisthopus Werner, 1903 is the type species of the genus Aphroditia WELLS 2012: 157. WELLS 2012: 47 erected the genus for A. axillaris, baynesi, bunglebungle, desertorum, edwardsae, emmotti, eupoda, fusciceps, galea, gerrardii, macropisthopus, picturata, punctatovittata,puncticauda, remota. Unfortunately WELLS did not provide a phylogenetic analysis of the genera into which he broke up Lerista, hence we leave the current genus Lerista intact for the time being. 
EtymologyL. m. galea was named after the Latin word for helmet, in allusion to dark top of head.
L. m. fusciceps was named after the Latin “fuscus” (dark) and “-ceps” (head). 
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