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Lerista allochira KENDRICK, 1989

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Cape Range Slider 
SynonymLerista allochira KENDRICK 1989
Lerista allochira — COGGER 2000: 512
Phaneropis allochirus — WELLS 2012: 69
Lerista allochira — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: from the bed of Yardie Creek Gorge, North WEst Cape, 1.5 km upstream from Ocean, 22° 19’ S, 113° 49” E.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R95722 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Distinguished from all other members of the L. muelleri complex by having two (rather than three) fingers and one presubocular (rather than two). 
CommentLimb morphology: 2 digits, 3 toes 
EtymologyFrom the Greek allos (other) plus cheiros (hand), in reference to the two fingers in this species compared to three fingers in related species of the L. muelleri complex. (G. Shea, pers. comm., 9 Feb 2024) 
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