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Lerista picturata (FRY, 1914)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Southern Robust Slider 
SynonymLygosoma (Rhodona) picturatum FRY 1914: 186
Rhodona picturata — SMITH 1937: 230
Lygosoma (Rhodona) picturatum — GLAUERT 1960: 98
Lerista picturata — GREER 1967
Lerista picturata — COGGER 1983: 176
Lerista picturata — COGGER 2000: 528
Aphroditia picturata — WELLS 2012: 181
Lerista picturata — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (southern interior of Western Australia)

Type locality: Boulder, W. A.  
TypesHolotype: AMS (AM) R3101 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A large Lerista with one finger (terminating in wide flat scale), two toes, movable eyelid, two supraoculars and strong colour pattern (four dark dorsal lines and wide sharp-edged upper lateral stripe). (Storr 1991)

Description: Snout-vent length (mm): 40-92 (N 90, mean 73.4). Length of appendages etc. (% SVL): foreleg 1-2 (N 71, mean 1.4), hindleg 14-20 (N 84, mean 16.8), tail 76-109 (N 24, mean 94.1), snout to foreleg 22-29 (N 77, mean 25.4).
Nasals in contact (N 75). Prefrontals widely separated. Frontoparietals separated, very much smaller than interparietal (N 74). Nuchals 1-6 (N 51, mean 3.8). Supraoculars two, first in contact with frontal. Supraciliaries three with first much the largest (N 69) or four with first and third largest (5). Upper labials six (N 77). Midbody scale rows 20 (N 58), 21 (4) or 22 (10). Lamellae under longer toe 10-16 (N 83, mean 12.8). (Storr 1991)

Coloration: Upper surface pale brown, slightly tinged reddish and marked with dark brown or blackish brown: blotches on head, four lines on back and stripe from lore to tail (on which it becomes narrower and broken into spots), 1.5-2 scales wide on body. Lower lateral and ventral surfaces yellow in life. (Storr 1991) 
CommentThe former subspecies edwardsae and baynesi have been elevated to species status.

Limb morphology: 0 digits, 2 toes 
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • 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
  • Fry, D. B. 1914. On a collection of reptiles and batrachians from Western Australia. Rec. West. Austral. Mus. 1:174-210 - get paper here
  • Greer, Allen E. 1967. A new generic arrangement for some Australian scincid lizards. Breviora (267): 1-19 - get paper here
  • Rabosky, Daniel L.; Stephen C. Donnellan, Michael Grundler, and Irby J. Lovette 2014. Analysis and Visualization of Complex Macroevolutionary Dynamics: An Example from Australian Scincid Lizards. Syst Biol 2014 63: 610-627 - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1937. A review of the genus Lygosoma (Scincidae: Reptilia) and its allies. Records of the Indian Museum 39 (3): 213-234
  • Storr G M. 1991. Revision of Lerista picturata (Lacertilia Scincidae) of Southern Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 15 (3): 529-534. - 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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