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Lerista verhmens SMITH & ADAMS, 2007

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymLerista verhmens SMITH & ADAMS 2007
Phaneropis verhmens — WELLS 2012: 78
Lerista verhmens — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (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)  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: WAM R161474, adult female, SVL 48 mm, TL 61. Collected by J. Rolfe on 1 October 2005.
 
CommentDiagnosis: 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). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet, Latin for powerful, alludes to the robust build of this species. 
References
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • 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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