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Lerista cinerea GREER, MCDONALD & LAWRIE, 1983

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Vine-thicket Fine-lined Slider 
SynonymLerista cinerea GREER, MCDONALD & LAWRIE 1983
Gavisus cinerea — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Lerista cinerea — COGGER 2000: 516
Gavisus cinereus — WELLS 2012: 111
Lerista cinerea — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Lerista cinerea — COUPER et al. 2016 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: 'Warrawee', 60 km SE Charters Towers, QLD [20°24'24"S 146°40'12"E = Cardigan Scrub, Warrawee Station, fide COUPER et al. 2016].  
TypesHolotype: QM 40097, female; paratypes: QMJ 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Distinguished from all other Lerista by its combination of enlarged first supraciliary, monodactyl hindlimb, single loreal, usually single preocular, single presubocular and no broad black lateral band.

Comparisons. Lerista cinerea can only be confused with other Lerista spp. that also possess an enlarged first supraciliary (resulting from the fusion of the first two supraciliaries). These include the Queensland Lerista wilkinsi group (L. ameles, L. hobsoni sp. nov., L. storri, L. vittata, L. vanderduysi sp. nov. and L. wilkinsi) and also L. apoda and L. stylis (both of which are no longer considered members of this group). Lerista cinerea is separated from L. ameles and L. apoda by its hindlimbs (vs. totally limbless), from L. storri by having a clawed digit (vs. stylar), from L. vittata and L. vanderduysi sp. nov. in lacking a broad, dark lateral band (vs. dark lateral band present) and from L. wilkinsi by the number of digits (one vs. two toes on the hindlimb). It is closest to L. hobsoni sp. nov. from which it can be distinguished by possessing a single loreal (vs. two loreals). While specimens from the type locality possess a prefrontal scale which distinguishes them from all other members of the L wilkinsi group, other populations now assigned to L. cinerea are lacking this character. 
CommentLimb morphology: 0 digits, 1 toes

Species group: wilkinsi. 
EtymologyNamed after its color, Latin “cinis, cineris” = ash. 
  • Amey, A.P. & Couper, P.J. 2009. A new limb-reduced skink (Scincidae: Lerista) from the dry rainforest of north Queensland, Australia. Zootaxa 2173: 19–30 - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Couper, P., Covacevich, J., Amey, A. & Baker, A. 2006. The genera of skinks (Family Scincidae) of Australia and its island territories: diversity, distribution and identification. in: Merrick, J.R., Archer, M., Hickey, G.M. & Lee, M.S.Y. (eds.). Evolution and Zoogeography of Australasian Vertebrates. Australian Scientific Publishing, Sydney, pp. 367-384
  • COUPER, PATRICK J.; ANDREW P. AMEY, JESSICA WORTHINGTON-WILMER 2016. Cryptic diversity within the narrowly endemic Lerista wilkinsi group of north Queensland—two new species (Reptilia: Scincidae). Zootaxa 4162 (1): 061–091 - get paper here
  • Covacevich J.A., Couper, P.J., McDonald, K.R. 1998. Reptile diversity at risk in the Brigalow Belt, Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 42 (2): 475-486 - get paper here
  • Greer A E; McDonald K R; Lawrie B C 1983. Three new species of Lerista (Scincidae) from northern Queensland with a diagnosis of the wilkinsi species group. Journal of Herpetology 17 (2): 247-255 - get paper here
  • Skinner, Adam; Michael S Y Lee and Mark N Hutchinson 2008. Rapid and repeated limb loss in a clade of scincid lizards. [Lerista]. BMC Evolutionary Biology 8:310 - get paper here
  • Wells R W; Wellington C R 1984. A synopsis of the class Reptilia in Australia. Australian Journal of Herpetology 1 (3-4): 73-129 [31 Dec 1983 on cover]
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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