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Lerista kendricki STORR, 1991

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Dark Broad-blazed Slider 
SynonymLerista kendricki STORR 1991
Lerista kendricki — COGGER 2000: 761
Telchinoscincus kendricki — WELLS 2012: 129
Lerista kendricki — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: 15 km SW Hamelin HS, WA [26°32'S 114°05'E].  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: WAM R93887. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A moderately small, strongly patterned member of the L. nichollsi complex (up to 118 mm long) with immovable eyelids, 4 supraciliaries, wide vertebral stripe, two toes and forelimb represented by a small pit or groove (occasionally with a minute stump up to 0.2 mm long), Distinguishable from the L. nichollsi subgroup by lesser size, relatively shorter tail, larger second loreal, larger presuboculars, darker head, wider vertebral "tripe and narrower upper lateral stripe (Storr 1991).

Description: Snout-vent length (mm): 28-67 (N 265, mean 48.1). Tail (% SYL): 68-95 (N 105, mean 81.7), Nasals in very short to long contact. Prefrontals widely separated. Frontoparietals and interparietal fused. Supraoculars 3, first two in contact with frontal. Supraciliaries normally 4, last much the smallest (in one specimen second and third fused to each other, in another third and fourth fused to third supraocular, in another fourth divided). Loreals 2, second not fused to prefrontal. Presuboculars 2. Upper labials 6. Nuchals 1 (N 11), 2 (19) or 3 (1). Midbody scale rows 20 (N 5). Lamellae under longer toe 11-15 (N 25, mean 11.6), rarely with a weak keel. (Storr 1991)

Coloration: Broad medium to dark brown vertebral stripe from snout to tail, very rarely covering whole width of back but usually leaving a narrow brownish white dorsolateral stripe; enclosing 4 rows of small angular brown to blackish brown spots on back. Narrow blackish brown upper lateral stripe from nasal to end of tail, on body usually occupying two adjacent half-scales, and continuous with dark upper and lateral edges of upper labials. Upper surface of hindlegs mottled with dark greyish brown. (Storr 1991) 
CommentLimb morphology: 0 digits, 2 toes 
EtymologyNamed after zoologist Peter Graeme Kendrick in appreciation of his research into Lerisla. notably the L. nichollsi complex. 
References
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - 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
  • Hallermann, J. 2020. An annotated list of reptiles and amphibians from the 1905 Hamburg expedition to southwest Australia deposited in the Zoological Museum Hamburg. Evolutionary Systematics 4: 61 - get paper here
  • Morinaga, Gen and Philip J. Bergmann 2020. Evolution of fossorial locomotion in the transition from tetrapod to snake-like in lizards. Proc. R. Soc. B. 287: 20200192 - 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
  • Storr G M 1991. Four new members of the Lerista nichollsi complex (Lacertilia: Scincidae). Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 15 (1) 1991: 139-147 - get paper here
  • 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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