Lerista alia AMEY, COUPER & WORTHINGTON-WILMER, 2019
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lerista alia?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Bulleringa Fine-lined Slider|
|Synonym||Lerista alia AMEY, COUPER & WORTHINGTON-WILMER 2019|
|Distribution||Australia (N Queensland)|
Type locality: Van Lee Station, NWQ (17°51'19"S, 143°50'17"E)
|Types||Holotype: QM J94337, 20 September, 2015.|
Paratypes: QM J74236, Donkey Spring, Bulleringa National Park, NWQ (17°37'18"S, 143°48'35"E), 30 October, 2000; QM J94306, Van Lee Station, NWQ (17°51'21"S, 143°50'15"E), 20 September, 2015; QM J94308, Van Lee Station, NWQ (17°51'19"S, 143°50'15"E), 20 September, 2015; QM J94309, Van Lee Station, NWQ (17°51'20"S, 143°50'13"E), 20 September, 2015; QM J94312, Van Lee Station, NWQ (17°51'23"S, 143°50'16"E), 20 September, 2015; QM J95798, Talaroo Rd, NWQ (18°02'04"S, 143°48'15"E), 8 May, 2017.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Distinguished from all other Lerista by the complete absence of a forelimb, hindlimb styliform or with a reduced digit, >2.5% SVL, interparietal distinct from the frontoparietals, prefrontals absent, four supraciliaries and anterior chin shields with an intervening scale.|
Comparisons. Lerista alia sp. nov. is very close morphologically to L. storri and would key to that species following Cogger (2014). It can usually be distinguished by its longer hindlimb, often with a distinct digit, but there is overlap in this character (range: 2.33–4.49% SVL vs. 1.70–2.46% SVL). Lerista alia sp. nov. always has discrete dark flecks forming more or less distinct longitudinal dark lines running along the body, strongest anteriorly, whereas, in L. storri, these are represented only by vague longitudinal bands of pigment. The two species are separated geographically by about 60 km, with L. alia sp. nov. centred on Bulleringa National Park and L. storri known only from Springfield Station (see Fig. 1). For comparisons with other species, see L. storri description above.
|Comment||Habitat: Specimens were found in loose soil under logs and other debris.|
|Etymology||The species epithet alia is Latin for different or changed, chosen to illustrate its relationship to its close relative, L. storri s.s.|