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Lerista rolfei SMITH & ADAMS, 2007

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymLerista rolfei SMITH & ADAMS 2007
Phaneropis rolfei — WELLS 2012: 77
Lerista rolfei — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia: From the Ashburton River Valley in the north and throughout Gascoyne region)

Type locality: 35km SE of Gascoyne Junction, Western Australia at 25° 10' 31.4"S, 115° 29' 18.6"E (site GJ2, Carnarvon Basin Survey).  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: WAM R120575*, an adult male , SVL 3 8 mm, TL 46 mm. Collected by B. Maryan and A. Desmond on 10 April 1994. 
CommentDiagnosis: Distinguished from members of the L. muelleri species group in Western Australia with fused frontoparietals (L. allochira, L. amicorum and L. rhodonoides) by having paired frontoparietals. Di st i ngui shed f r om t hose speci es wi t h pai r ed frontoparietals and fewer than five supraciliaries (L. haroldi, L. jacksoni, L. muelleri and L. nevinae) as follows: from L.haroldiby the presence of an upper lateral stripe (absent in L.haroldi), from L.jacksoni by the presence of a hiatus immediately below the upper lateral stripe (L.jacksonilacks a hiatus); from L. muelleri by having five supraciliaries (1+2 in L. muelleri); and from L. nevinae by the absence of a continuous dark paravertebral stripe (present in L. nevinae).Distinguished from other species with five supraciliaries and paired frontoparietals (L.clara,L. kingi,L.occulta and L.verhmens) as follows: from L. clara by having a pigmented venter (opalescent white in L. clara). Lerista kingi, L. occulta and L. verhmens have pigmented venters like L.rolfei but lack of a hiatus below the upper lateral stripe (hiatus present in L.rolfei). 
EtymologyNamed for James (”Jim”) Rolfe of the Department of Conservation and Land Management since 1984. Still digging pit traps; still contributing reptiles to the Western Australian Museum collections. 
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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