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Aprasia wicherina MARYAN, ADAMS & APLIN, 2015

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Higher TaxaPygopodidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Wicherina Worm Lizard 
SynonymAprasia wicherina MARYAN, ADAMS & APLIN 2015 
DistributionAustralia (W Western Australia)

Type locality: Wicherina Water Reserve (28°43′02′′S, 115°01′11′′E).  
TypesHolotype: WAM R173106, female collected by R. Lloyd and B. Maryan on 1 August 2013; paratypes: WAM 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A small (SVL to 92 mm) and very slender, elongate- bodied member of the A. repens species-group that lacks overt sexual dimorphism and has 14 midbody scale rows; 146–162 ventral scales; 142–156 vertebral scales; five upper labials with first anteriorly fused to nasal; nasal suture variably contacting prefrontal or second upper labial; postocular fused with fourth upper labial; and simple colouration of longitudinal lines of brownish streaks on a yellowish-brown dorsum with a densely flecked ventral surface.
CommentSimilar species: A. rostrata is the closest relative of A. wicherina. The geographically nearest congeners are A. clairae and A. repens.

Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe species name refers to the area of Wicherina, where all the type material is known from, and a local indigenous word meaning water hole (S. Heriot, pers. comm.). The epithet is to be used as a noun in apposition. 
  • Ellis, Ryan J.; Paul Doughty and Aaron M. Bauer 2018. An annotated type catalogue of the geckos and pygopods (Squamata: Gekkota: Carphodactylidae, Diplodactylidae, Gekkonidae, Pygopodidae) in the collection of the Western Australian Museum. Records of the Western Australian Museum 33: 051–094 - get paper here
  • Maryan, Brad; Mark Adams, and Ken P. Aplin 2015. Taxonomic resolution of the Aprasia repens species-group (Squamata: Pygopodidae) from the Geraldton Sandplains: a description of a new species and additional mainland records of A. clairae. Rec. Austr. Mus. 30 012–032, DOI: 10.18195/issn.0312-3162.30(1).2015.012-032
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
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