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Lerista micra SMITH & ADAMS, 2007

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Micro Three-toed Slider 
SynonymLerista micra SMITH & ADAMS 2007
Phaneropis micra — WELLS 2012: 73
Lerista micra — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia: Upper west coast and hinterland from Gnaraloo in the north, south to the Murchison River and
inland to Carey Downs and Nerren Nerren Stations)

Type locality: 4km south of Gilroyd HS Western Australia at 25°51'S,115°11'E.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R116786*, a male, SVL 31 mm, TL 42mm. Collected on 22 June 1993 by G. Harold and B. Maryan. 
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 members of the species group which also have paired frontoparietals and fewer than five supraciliaries (L. haroldi, L. jacksoni, L. muelleriand L.nevinae) as follows: from L.haroldi by the presence of an upper lateral stripe (absent in L. haroldi); from L. jacksoni by its paler dorsal col our at i on and weak upper lateral stripe (L. jacksoni has a very dark back and the upper lateral stripe often absent); from L. muelleri having four supraciliaries (1+2 in L. muelleri); from L. nevinae by the absence of a continuous dark paravertebral stripe (present in L. nevinae). Distinguished from L. clara, L. kingi, L. occulta, L. rolfei and L. verhmens by having four, rather than five, supraciliaries.
CommentLimb morphology: 3 digits, 3 toes 
EtymologyThe specific epithet micra is derived from the Greek mikros (small). Lerista micra is one of the smallest species discovered so far in the L.muelleri species group. 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Morinaga, Gen and Philip J. Bergmann 2020. Evolution of fossorial locomotion in the transition from tetrapod to snake-like in lizards. Proc. R. Soc. B. 287: 20200192 - 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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