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Lerista arenicola STORR, 1971

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Bight Slider 
SynonymLerista microtis arenicola STORR 1971
Lerista microtis — COGGER 1983: 175
Nodorha arenicola — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 36
Lerista arenicola — STORR 1991
Lerista arenicola — COGGER 2000: 526
Nodorha arenicola — WELLS 2012: 87
Lerista arenicola — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (South Australia, Western Australia)

Type locality: Eucla, 31'43’ S, 128° 53’ E, W. A.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R24608 
CommentLimb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes 
EtymologyNamed after the Latin noun arena, "sand," and adjective -cola, "dweller," refer to the habitat where the species lives. 
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  • Kovach, Carolyn and Brett A. Goodman. 2015. Lerista arenicola (bight sider) viviparity. Herpetological Review 46 (1): 92-93 - get paper here
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  • Skinner, Adam; Michael S. Y. Lee 2010. Plausibility of inferred ancestral phenotypes and the evaluation of alternative models of limb evolution in scincid lizards. Biol. Lett. 6 (3) 354; doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2009.0840 - get paper here
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  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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