Aprasia pulchella GRAY, 1839
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Aprasia pulchella?
|Higher Taxa||Pygopodidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Pretty Worm-lizard|
|Synonym||Aprasia pulchella GRAY 1839: 332|
Aprasia pulchella — GÜNTHER 1873: 145
Ophioseps nasutus BOCAGE 1873
Aprasia pulchella — BOULENGER 1885: 246
Ophiopsiseps nasutus — BOULENGER 1887: 436 (nom. subst. pro Ophioseps)
Ophiseps nasutus — KINGHORN 1926
Aprasia brevirostris WERNER 1909: 266
Aprasia pulchella — KLUGE 1993
Aprasia pulchella — COGGER 2000: 281
Aprasia pulchella — WILSON & SWAN 2010
|Distribution||Australia (Western Australia)|
Type locality: Australia, restriction to Kalamunda National Park, 13 mi E of Perth, W. A. proposed by Kluge, A. G. (1974).
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 1946. 8. 30. 93, unknown collector.|
Lectotype: ZMB 24596 [Aprasia brevirostris, fide BAUER et al. 1994]
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis (genus): Aprasia differs from all other pygopodid genera in possessing the following combination of character states: head scales very large, few in number; parietal scales absent; ring of ocular tissue not completely separated into distinct scales; external auditory meatus absent (small opening present beneath scale in A. aurita); scales smooth; precloacal pores absent; almost always one hind limb scale; snout very short; body diameter very small; tail very short [Kluge 1974]. Maryan et al. 2015: 22 provide an updated diagnosis.|
|Comment||Synonymy after COGGER 1983.|
Type species: Aprasia pulchella Gray, 1839 is the type species of the genus Aprasia GRAY 1839, which is the type genus of the family Aprasiadae GRAY 1841 (now a synonym of Pygopodidae).
Limb morphology: Limbless.
|Etymology||Named after Latin “pulchella” = pretty.|