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Lerista quadrivincula SHEA, 1991

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Four-chained Slider 
SynonymLerista concolor STORR 1990
Lerista quadrivincula SHEA 1991 (nom. nov.)
Lerista quadrivincula — COGGER 2000: 761
Tychismia concolor — WELLS 2012: 260
Lerista quadrivincula — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia, near Karratha)

Type locality: on the Maitland River, 25 km SE Karratha HS, WA [ 21°01'S 116°48'E]  
TypesHolotype: WAM R70741. 
CommentOnly known from the holotype (Amey et al. 2005).

Nomenclature: Lerista quadrivincula Shea 1991 was proposed as a replacement name for Lerista concolor Storr, 1990, as the latter was a junior subjective homonym of Lygosoma (Rhodona) bipes concolor Werner, 1910.

When originally described Lerista concolor Storr 1990 was a junior subjective homonym of Lygosoma (Rhodona) bipes concolor Werner, 1910 – which was at that time (1990) treated as a junior subjective synonym of Lerista lineopunctulata (Dumeril and Bibron, 1839). Consequently, Shea 1991 correctly proposed a replacement name of Lerista quadrivincula to extinguish the homonymy. However, as WELLS l2012: 260 treated the two species-group names Lerista concolor Storr 1990 and Lerista lineopunctulata (Dumeril and Bibron, 1839) as being referable to different genera, the issue of homonymy would not arise, and it becomes necessary under the Code of Zoological Nomenclature to revert to the original use of the species-group name Lerista concolor Storr 1990 - and thus treat Lerista quadrivincula Shea 1991 as a junior synonym of Lerista concolor Storr 1990 [after WELLS 2012: 260].

Abundance: only known from the type specimen (Meiri et al. 2017). 
  • Amey, A.P.; Kutt, A.S.; Hutchinson, M. 2005. A new species of Lerista (Scincidae) from Central Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 50 (2): 125-131. - get paper here
  • 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
  • Ellis, R. J., & Knuckey, C. G. 2022. Thirty-six years a synonym: the nomenclatural tale of the Pilbara blue-tailed skink, Lerista chalybura Storr, 1985 (Squamata: Scincidae). RECORDS OF THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM 37: 26-30 - get paper here
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Shea G M. 1991. A REPLACEMENT NAME FOR LERISTA-CONCOLOR STORR 1990 SQUAMATA SCINCIDAE. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 15 (1): 289-290. - get paper here
  • Storr G M 1990. A new Lerista (Lacertilia: Scincidae) from the Pilbara. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 14 (4): 669-670 - 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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