Lerista storri GREER, MCDONALD & LAWRIE, 1983
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lerista storri?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Mount Surprise Slider, Storr's Lerista|
|Synonym||Lerista storri GREER, MCDONALD & LAWRIE 1983|
Gavisus storri — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Lerista storri — COGGER 2000: 532
Gavisus storri — WELLS 2012: 115
Lerista storri — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Lerista storri — AMEY et al. 2019
Type locality: near railway crossing, Springfield Station, QLD [17°53'00"S 144°24'30"E].
|Types||Holotype: QM J39480, nr railway crossing, Springfield Stn, Qld, collected C.J. Limpus & K.R. McDonald, 19.xiii.1979. Paratypes: AMS (AM). Paratypes: AMS R44772–73, Chillagoe Post Office, 14.9 km SE, NEQ (17°13'S, 144°33'E), 17 June, 1976 [now referred to Lerista parameles sp. nov. and excluded from the diagnosis and description of L. storri.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Distinguished from all other Lerista by the complete absence of a forelimb, hindlimb styliform <2.5% SVL, interparietal distinct from the frontoparietals, prefrontals absent, four supraciliaries and anterior chin shields with an intervening scale (from Amey et al. 2019).|
Comparisons. This species is very close morphologically to L. alia sp. nov. It can usually be distinguished by its shorter hindlimb, but there is overlap in this character (range: 1.70–2.46% SVL vs. 2.33–4.49% SVL). This species is almost patternless, with very vague to absent bands of darker pigment running along the body, strongest anteriorly. In L. alia sp. nov., discrete dark flecks are always present, forming more or less distinct longitudinal lines, strongest anteriorly (for comparison, see Fig. 3). The two species are separated geographically by about 60 km, with L. alia sp. nov. centred on Bulleringa National Park and L. storri known only from Springfield Station (see Fig. 1). Of those species of Lerista with no forelimb and a stylar or single digit hindlimb (18 species), only four other species have four supraciliaries, L. cinerea, L. hobsoni, L. vanderduysi and L. vittata. These four species all have a longer hindlimb (>4% SVL) with a distinct, clawed digit and usually have two infralabials contacting the postmental (vs. a single infralabial in L. storri and L. alia sp. nov.) (from Amey et al. 2019).
|Etymology||named after Glenn Storr (1921-1990) of the Western Australian Museum. See also Williams et al. (2006) for further biographical notes.|