Lerista rolfei SMITH & ADAMS, 2007
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lerista rolfei?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Lerista rolfei SMITH & ADAMS 2007|
Phaneropis rolfei — WELLS 2012: 77
Lerista rolfei — WILSON & SWAN 2010
|Distribution||Australia (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).
|Types||Holotype: WAM R120575*, an adult male , SVL 3 8 mm, TL 46 mm. Collected by B. Maryan and A. Desmond on 10 April 1994.|
|Comment||Diagnosis: 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).|
|Etymology||Named 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.|
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