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Lerista taeniata STORR, 1986

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Ribbon Slider 
SynonymLerista aericeps taeniata STORR 1986
Lerista taeniata — GREER 1990
Lerista taeniata — STORR 1991
Lerista taeniata — COGGER 2000: 533
Miculia taeniata — WELLS 2012: 60
Lerista taeniata — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, Western Australia)

Type locality: 20 km E of The Granites, NT [20°34'S 130°38'E].  
TypesHolotype: NTM R33367 (formerly CAWC [Central Australian Wildlife Collection] R1566), collected S.R. Morton, 15.xi.1985 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Distinguishable from L. a. aericeps by its dark upper lateral stripe, larger preocular and more numerous midbody scale rows (mostly 20, v. 18), and from L. orientalis (DeVis) by its coppery head and yellow tail and very different habitat (red desert sands, V. subhumid woodlands). 
CommentLimb morphology: 4 digits, 4 toes 
EtymologyFrom Latin taeniatus (striped). 
  • 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
  • Greer A E 1990. The taxonomic status of Lerista aericeps Storr 1986 with a diagnosis of the Lerista orientalis species group. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 14 (4): 443-448 - get paper here
  • Skinner, Adam; Michael S Y Lee and Mark N Hutchinson 2008. Rapid and repeated limb loss in a clade of scincid lizards. [Lerista]. BMC Evolutionary Biology 8:310 - get paper here
  • Storr G M 1986. A new species of Lerista (Lacertilia: Scincidae) with two subspecies from central Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 13 (1) 1986: 145-149 - get paper here
  • Storr G M. 1991. Revision of Lerista aericeps (Lacertilia: Scincidae) of central Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 51 (2): 365-370. - 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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