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Lerista occulta SMITH & ADAMS, 2007

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymLerista occulta SMITH & ADAMS 2007
Phaneropis occultus — WELLS 2012: 76
Lerista occulta — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia: Flats along western face of the Kennedy Range. Also vicinity of Gascoyne Junction)

Type locality: slopes of the western face of the Kennedy Range at 24°33' 04.6"S, 114°57' 31.5"E.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: WAM R120526*, an adult male, SVL 34 mm, tail 28mm. Collected [from site KE4, Carnarvon Basin Survey] by A. Desmond on 10 August 1994. 
Comment 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is Latin for hidden, alluding to the fact that the relatively few L. occulta remained undetected among several hundred L. micra until identified by allozyme electrophoresis of Aplin, Adams and Cowan. 
References
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • 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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