Lerista verhmens SMITH & ADAMS, 2007
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lerista verhmens?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Synonym||Lerista verhmens SMITH & ADAMS 2007|
Phaneropis verhmens — WELLS 2012: 78
Lerista verhmens — WILSON & SWAN 2010
|Distribution||Australia (Western Australia: Stony hills of the Western Pilbara)|
Type locality: 19km W of intersection of Coongan River & Talga River at 20° 53' 44. 2" S, 119° 36' 7. 2" E (site PHYC9, Pilbara Biological Survey)
|Types||Holotype: WAM R161474, adult female, SVL 48 mm, TL 61. Collected by J. Rolfe on 1 October 2005. |
|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. Distinguished from those speci es with paired frontoparietals and fewer than five supraciliaries (L. haroldi, L. jacksoni, L. micra, L. muelleri and L. nevinae) by having five supraciliaries. Distinguished from species with paired frontoparietals and five supraciliaries (L. clara, L. kingi, L. occulta, and L. rolfei) as follows: from L. clara by having a pigmented venter (opalescent white in L.clara); and from L.kingi by its relatively longer forelimb (mean 13.9%SVL in L. verhmens versus 9.1 in L. kingi); from L. occulta by its larger size (mean SVL in L. verhmens40.2 versus 30.9 in L.occulta) and from L. rolfei by the lack of a hiatus below the upper lateral stripe (hiatus present in L.rolfei).|
|Etymology||The specific epithet, Latin for powerful, alludes to the robust build of this species.|
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