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Lerista muelleri (FISCHER, 1881)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesWood Mulch-slider 
SynonymPhaneropis muelleri FISCHER 1881: 236
Ablepharus muelleri — MONTAGUE 1914: 641
Ablepharus muelleri — MERTENS 1934: 67
Lerista muelleri — GREER 1967
Lerista muelleri - COGGER 1983: 175
Miculia muelleri — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 34
Lerista muelleri — COGGER 2000: 526
Phaneropis muelleri — WELLS 2012: 74 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, North Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, West Australia)

Type locality: W. A., restricted to Nickol Bay, W. A. by Storr (1971). Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesSyntypes: ZMB 10074 (not found), SMNS 2057.
Syntypes: QM J235, QM J13601, from Charleville, Qld. [Ablepharus timidus] 
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.

Diagnosis: Distinguished from all other members of the L.muelleri group by having the second supraciliary fused with the first supraocular. 
Etymologynamed after Baron Ferdinand Jacob Heinrich Müller (1825-1896), German-born Australian naturalist. 
References
  • Ahl, E. 1935. Beschreibung einer neuen Eidechse aus Westaustralien. Zool. Anz. 112: 204-205
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • 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
  • De Vis, C. W. 1888. A contribution to the herpetology of Queensland. Proc. Linn. Soc. N. S. W. (2) 2: 811-826 [1887] - get paper here
  • Fischer, J. G. 1881. Beschreibung neuer Reptilien. Archiv für Naturgeschichte 47 (1): 225-238 - get paper here
  • Greer, Allen E. 1967. A new generic arrangement for some Australian scincid lizards. Breviora (267): 1-19 - get paper here
  • Greer,A.E. 1990. Limb reduction in the scincid lizard genus Lerista. 2. Variation in the bone complements of the front and rear limbs and the number of postsacral vertebrae. Journal of Herpetology 24 (2): 142-150 - get paper here
  • Lucas, A. H. S. & Frost, C. 1896. Description of a new species of Ablepharus from Victoria, with critical notes on two other Australian lizards. Proc. Linn. Soc. N. S. W. 21: 281-283 - get paper here
  • Mertens, R. 1934. Die Inseln-Reptilien, ihre Ausbreitung Variation und Artbildung. Zoologica (Stuttgart) 32: 1-209.
  • Montague, P.D. 1914. A report on the fauna of the Monte Bello Islands. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1914: 625-652 + plates - get paper here
  • Schlüter, A. & Hallermann, J. 1997. The Type Specimens in the Herpetological Collection of the Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde in Stuttgart. Stuttgarter Beitr. Naturk. Ser. A (553): 1-15 - get paper here
  • Shea G M. 1991. The identity of Lygosoma (Rhodona) goerlingi Ahl, 1935 (Squamata: Scincidae). Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 15 (1): 303-306. - 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
  • Storr, G. M. 1971. The genus Lerista (Lacertilia: Scincidae) in Western Australia. J R. Soc. West. Aust. 54: 59-75
  • 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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