Lerista borealis STORR, 1971
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lerista borealis?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Inland Kimberley Slider|
|Synonym||Lerista borealis STORR 1971|
Lerista borealis — STORR 1976: 248
Lerista borealis — COGGER 1983: 172
Lerista borealis — COGGER 2000: 514
Marrunisauria borealis — WELLS 2012: 226
Lerista borealis — WILSON & SWAN 2010
|Distribution||Australia (Northern Territory, Western Australia)|
Type locality: Thompson Spring, 16° 02’ S, 128° 57’ E, W. A.
|Types||Holotype: WAM R22363|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Small Lerista with digits 2 + 3, eyelid movable, frontoparietals paired and forming a median suture, and pattern almost absent. Distinguishable from L. walkeri by large last supraciliary (subequa! to third and fourth) and nasals not forming a median suture; it is also smaller, paler and less heavily spotted, and has longer limbs and more subdigital lamellae. (Storr 1976)|
Partial redescription: Snout-vent length (mm): 30-51 (44.9). Length of appendages etc. (% SVL): foreleg 8-11 (8.6); hindleg 16-21 (17.5); tail 114 (one specimen); snout to foreleg 27-28 (28.0).
Nasals narrowly separated (2 specimens) or just touching (3 specimens). Prefrontals widely separated. Frontoparietals forming a short to long median suture; shorter than interparietal. Nuchals 0-3 (2.5). Suprao'culars 3, first two contacting frontal. Supraciliaries 5, last three largest, second smallest. Upper secondary temporal much the largest; lower secondary smallest. Midbody scale rows 20-22 (20.8). Lamellae under longest toe 10-13 (11.4). (Storr 1976)
|Comment||Type Species: Lerista borealis Storr, 1971 is the type species of the genus Marrunisauria WELLS 2012: 218. WELLS 2012: 47 erected the genus for A. borealis, kalumburu, walkeri. Unfortunately WELLS did not provide a phylogenetic analysis of the genera into which he broke up Lerista, hence we leave the current genus Lerista intact for the time being.|
|Etymology||The specific name borealis is derived from the Latin 'Borealis' meaning Northern, and refers to the distribution of this species within Australia.|