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Lerista lineopunctulata (DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1839)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Dotted-line Robust Slider, West Coast Line-spotted Lerista 
SynonymRhodona punctata GRAY 1839: 335 (non Lacerta punctata LINNAEUS 1758)
Brachystopus lineopunctulata DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 779
Ronia catenulata GRAY 1841: 87
Rhodona punctata — MÜLLER 1880
Rhodona lineopunctulata — SMITH 1937: 231
Lygosoma (Rhodona) lineopunctulatum — GLAUERT 1960: 96
Lygosoma (Rhodona) lineopunctulatum — FORD 1963
Lerista lineopunctulata — GREER 1967
Lerista lineopunctulata — COGGER 1983: 174
Lerista lineopunctulata — GANS & FUSARI 1994
Lerista lineopunctulata — COGGER 2000: 525
Rhodona punctata — WELLS 2012: 2
Rhodona lineopunctulata — WELLS 2012: 30
Lerista lineopunctulata — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Lerista lineopunctulata — AMEY & EDWARDS 2017 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: Australia (but see note below).  
TypesSyntype: MNHN-RA 1246, from Australia (original description cites Cape of Good Hope, southern Africa), see Guibé (1954) [Brachystopus lineopunctulata]
Holotype: BMNH (not found), from W. A. [Ronia catenulata]
Syntypes: BMNH 1946.9.4.73-77, from Australia [Rhodona punctata] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A species of Lerista with forelimb only a short stump (L1 = 0.7–1.2% SVL), two digits on a relatively short hindlimb (L2 <14% SVL), fused frontoparietals, four or five supraciliaries and a free eyelid (vs. fused into a transparent spectacle) (AMEY & EDWARDS 2017). 
CommentSynonymy partly after COGGER 1983.

Type species: Rhodona punctata Gray, 1839 is the type species of the genus Rhodona Gray, 1839. This genus was resurrected by WELLS 2012: 22, who also provides a diagnosis of the genus. 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.

Limb morphology: 0 digits, 2 toes 
EtymologyFrom the Latin linea (line) plus punctula (small spot) plus the suffix -atus (having the nature of), referring to the color pattern. (G. Shea, pers. comm., 9 Feb 2024) 
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