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Lerista vanderduysi COUPER, AMEY & WORTHINGTON-WILMER, 2016

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Leaden-bellied Fine-line Slider 
SynonymLerista vanderduysi COUPER, AMEY & WORTHINGTON-WILMER 2016 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: Blackbraes National Park, 180 km NE Hughenden, MEQ (19° 33' 58" S, 143° 59' 28" E)  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. QM J79057; Paratypes. QMJ77459, Blackbraes National Park, between Hughenden and Mount Garnet, NWQ (19° 32' 54" S, 143° 56' 27" E), 23 April, 2002; QMJ77548, Blackbraes National Park, between Hughenden and Mount Garnet, NWQ (19° 33' 07" S, 143° 58' 20" E), 23 April, 2002; QMJ79058–J79060, Blackbraes National Park, 180 km NE Hughenden, NWQ (19° 35' 14" S, 144° 01' 00" E), 31 March, 2003; QMJ80715, Blackbraes National Park, Gorge Creek Rd, NWQ (19° 35' 13" S, 144° 01' 00" E), 22 October, 2003; QMJ81773, Blackbraes National Park, NWQ (19° 35' 14" S, 144° 01' 00" E), 23 November, 2004; QMJ82299, Kidston Dam, NWQ (19° 02' 08" S, 144° 07' 16" E), 14 August, 2014; QMJ88148–J88150, Gilberton, NWQ (19° 12' 28" S, 143° 39' 58" E), 18 August, 2008; QMJ91705, Gilberton Station, NWQ (19° 12' 50" S, 143° 39' 47" E), 17 May, 2011; QMJ91719, Gilberton Station, NWQ (19° 12' 50" S, 143° 39' 47" E), 18 May, 2011; QMJ91729, Blackbraes National Park, NWQ (19° 33' 58" S, 143° 59' 28" E); QMJ91730–91731, Blackbraes National Park, NWQ (19° 35' 14" S, 144° 01' 00" E). 
CommentDiagnosis. Distinguished from all other Lerista by its enlarged first supraciliary, monodactyl hindlimb, single loreal scale, broad black lateral band enclosing at least one entire scale width, and ventrals dark brown to grey, heaviest posteriorly.

Comparisons. Lerista vanderduysi sp. nov. can only be confused with other Lerista spp. that also possess an enlarged first supraciliary (resulting from the fusion of the first two supraciliaries). These include members of the Queensland L. wilkinsi group (L. ameles, L. cinerea, L. hobsoni sp. nov., L. storri, L. vittata and L. wilkinsi) and also L. apoda and L. stylis (both of which are no longer considered members of this group). It is separated from all of these by possessing a broad, dark lateral band that encloses at least one full scale row and a darkly pigmented ventral surface. Note that one specimen of L. vittata, QMJ93634, has a band enclosing at least one full scale row but this anomalous specimen has an immaculate belly, as do all other L. vittata. Lerista vanderduysi sp. nov. is further separated from L. ameles and L. apoda by its hindlimbs (vs. totally limbless), from L. hobsoni sp. nov. by having a single loreal scale (vs. two loreal scales) and from L. storri and L. stylis by its monodactyl hindlimb (vs. stylar).

Habitat: largely restricted to patches of semi-evergreen vine thickets. 
EtymologyNamed for Eric Vanderduys, CSIRO, for his contributions to Queensland herpetology. Eric has had a long-standing interest in this species and helped to collect the type series. Pronounced Vander – dice – i. 
References
  • COUPER, PATRICK J.; ANDREW P. AMEY, JESSICA WORTHINGTON-WILMER 2016. Cryptic diversity within the narrowly endemic Lerista wilkinsi group of north Queensland—two new species (Reptilia: Scincidae) Zootaxa 4162 (1): 061–091 - get paper here
 
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