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Lerista axillaris STORR, 1991

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Stripe-sided Robust Slider 
SynonymLerista axillaris STORR 1991
Lerista axillaris — COGGER 2000: 759
Aphroditia axillaris — WELLS 2012: 166
Lerista axillaris — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: 21 km S Kalbarri, WA [27°52'S 114°10'E].  
TypesHolotype: WAM R97212. 
CommentKnown from only a few specimens at and around the type locality.

Limb morphology: 2 digits, 3 toes 
EtymologyFrom Latin axilla (armpit), in allusion to the peculiar forelimb groove. 
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