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Lerista timida (DE VIS, 1888)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymAblepharus timidus DE VIS 1888: 824
Ablepharus rhodonoides LUCAS & FROST 1896: 281
Lygosoma (Rhodona) goerlingi AHL 1935
Lygosoma (Rhodona) goerlingi — GLAUERT 1960
Lerista timidus — GREER 1967
Miculia goerlingi — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 34
Miculia timida — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 34
Miculia rhodonoides — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 34
Lerista rhodonoides — SMITH & ADAMS 2007
Lerista timida — MICHAEL et al. 2011
Lokisaurus rhodonoides — WELLS 2012: 276
Lerista timida — WILSON & SWAN 2010: 296
Lokisaurus timidus — WELLS 2012: 280
Lerista timida — KAY et al. 2013 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, S North Territory, Queensland, east into South Australia, NW Victoria and New South Wales, mideast interior of West Australia)

Type locality: Charleville, QLD.

rhodonoides: Type locality: Mildura, Victoria.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesSyntypes: AMS (AM) R4156, other syntype presumed lost, from Mildura, Vic.; WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985 designated this specimen as lectotype (Ablepharus rhodonoides)
Holotype: ZMB 35352 (not found), from Wurarga, Marloo Station, W. A. [Lygosoma (Rhodona) goerlingi] 
CommentSynonymy: Hutchinson 2008 emphasized the almost identical descriptions of L. Lerista rhodonoides and L. timida and synonymized the two. The only possibly distinguishing character would be the slightly longer limbs of Lerista rhodonoides vs. L. timida (forelimb and hidnlimb 4.5 and 9.5 vs. 3.5 and 7.5 mm).

Diagnosis: Lerista rhodonoides is distinguished from L. clara, L. haroldi, L. jacksoni, L. kingi, L. micra, L. muelleri, L. nevinae, L. occulta, L. rolfei and L. verhmens by having fused frontoparietals. Distinguished from L. allochira and L. amicorum which also have fused frontoparietals as follows: from L. allochira by having three fingers (two in L. allochira) and from L. amicorum by always having 20 midbody scales (22 midbody scales in a third of L. amicorum specimens).

Type Species: Ablepharus timidus De Vis, C.W. (1888 is the type species of the genus Lokisaurus WELLS 2012: 267 which was erected for the species L.amicorum, rhodonoides, and timidus. 
References
  • Ahl, E. 1935. Beschreibung einer neuen Eidechse aus Westaustralien. Zool. Anz. 112: 204-205
  • Glauert, L. 1960. Herpetological miscellanea. XII. The family Scincidae in Western Australia. Pt. 2. The genus Lygosoma. Western Australian Naturalist 7 (4): 81-99
  • Greer, Allen E. 1967. A new generic arrangement for some Australian scincid lizards. Breviora (267): 1-19 - get paper here
  • Hutchinson, M. N 2008. NOMENCLATURE OF THE SCINCID LIZARDS BELONGING TO EASTERN AUSTRALIAN POPULATIONS FORMERLY ASSIGNED TO LERISTA MUELLERI (FISCHER, 1881). Herpetofauna 38 (1): 39-40
  • Kay, G.M.; D. Michael; M. Crane; S. Okada; C. MacGregor; D. Florance; D. Trengove; L. McBurney; D. Blair; D.B. Lindenmayer. 2013. A list of reptiles and amphibians from Box Gum Grassy Woodlands in south-eastern Australia. Check List 9 (3):476-481 - get paper here
  • Lucas, A. H. S. & Frost, C. 1896. Description of a new species of Ablepharus from Victoria, with critical notes on two other Australian lizards. Proc. Linn. Soc. N. S. W. 21: 281-283 - get paper here
  • Michael, D.R.; D.B. Lindenmayer; M. Crane; C. MacGregor; R. Montague-Drake; L. McBurney. 2011. Reptilia, Murray catchment, New South Wales, southeastern Australia. Check List 7 (1):25-29 - get paper here
  • 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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