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Lerista gerrardii (GRAY, 1864)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Bold-striped Robust Slider 
SynonymRhodona punctata gerrardii GRAY 1864: 296
Rhodona gerrardii GÜNTHER 1867: 46
Rhodona gerrardi — SMITH 1937: 230
Lygosoma (Rhodona) gerrardii — GLAUERT 1960
Lerista gerrardi — GREER 1967
Lerista gerrardii — COGGER 1983: 173
Lerista gerrardii — COGGER 2000: 520
Aphroditia gerrardii — WELLS 2012: 176
Lerista gerrardii — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: Swan River, W. A.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 
CommentLimb morphology: 1 digits, 2 toes

Synonymy: It seems that both Gray and Günther described this species as new although Günther cites Gray’s 1864 paper. 
EtymologyNamed after Edward Gerrard (1810-1910), attendant in Gray's department at the British Museum (1841-1896). 
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  • 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
  • Glauert, L. 1960. Herpetological miscellanea. XII. The family Scincidae in Western Australia. Pt. 2. The genus Lygosoma. Western Australian Naturalist 7 (4): 81-99 - get paper here
  • Gray,J.E. 1864. Notice of a new variety of Rhodona punctata from the Swan River. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1864: 296 - get paper here
  • Greer, Allen E. 1967. A new generic arrangement for some Australian scincid lizards. Breviora (267): 1-19 - get paper here
  • Günther, A. 1867. Additions to the knowledge of Australian reptiles and fishes. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (3) 20: 45-57 - get paper here
  • Maryan, B. 2005. A HERPETOFAUNA HOTSPOT, THE CENTRAL WEST COAST OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA. Western Australian Naturalist 25 (1): 1-24 - 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
  • Smith L A. 1996. A new species of Lerista (Lacertilia: Scincidae) from Western Australia, Lerista eupoda. J. Royal Soc. Western Australia 79 (2): 161-164. - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1937. A review of the genus Lygosoma (Scincidae: Reptilia) and its allies. Records of the Indian Museum 39 (3): 213-234
  • Storr, G. M. 1971. The genus Lerista (Lacertilia: Scincidae) in Western Australia. J R. Soc. West. Aust. 54: 59-75
  • Storr, G. M.; L. A. Smith, and R. E. Johnstone 1999. Lizards of Western Australia. I. Skinks. Revised Edition. Western Australian Museum
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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