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Lerista muelleri (FISCHER, 1881)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Wood Mulch-slider 
SynonymPhaneropis muelleri FISCHER 1881: 236
Ablepharus muelleri — MONTAGUE 1914: 641
Ablepharus muelleri — MERTENS 1934: 67
Ablepharus muelleri — GLAUERT 1960: 121
Lerista muelleri — GREER 1967
Lerista muelleri — STORR 1976: 247
Lerista muelleri — COGGER 1983: 175
Miculia muelleri — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 34
Lerista muelleri — COGGER 2000: 526
Phaneropis muelleri — WELLS 2012: 74 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: W. A., restricted to Nickol Bay, W. A. by Storr (1971).  
TypesLectotype: ZMB 10074 (formerly SMNS 2057a), Nichol Bay, WA, collected F. von Mueller, designated by Smith & Adams (2007).
Syntypes: QM J235, QM J13601, from Charleville, Qld. [Ablepharus timidus] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Distinguished from all other members of the L.muelleri group by having the second supraciliary fused with the first supraocular. 
CommentSynonymy: L. rhodonoides was removed from the synonymy with L. muelleri by SMITH & ADAMS 2007.

Type species: Phaneropis muelleri Fischer, 1881 is the type species of the genus Phanerops FISCHER 1881. WELLS 2012: 47 revived Phaneropis for P. allochirus,
clarus, haroldi, jacksoni, kingi, micra, muelleri, nevinae, occultus, rolfei, and verhmens. 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.

Limb morphology: 3 digits, 3 toes

Distribution: Due to taxonomic revision, the formerly widespread Lerista muelleri is now restricted to a small area in WA. All NSW records formerly ascribed to muelleri are now Lerista timida (G. Shea, pers. comm., 5 March 2021). 
Etymologynamed after Baron Ferdinand Jacob Heinrich Müller (1825-1896), German-born Australian naturalist. 
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