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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesLerista microtis microtis (GRAY 1845)
Lerista microtis intermedia STORR 1991
Lerista microtis schwaneri STORR 1991 
Common NamesE: South-western Slider 
SynonymMocoa microtis GRAY 1845: 83
Mocoa microtis — MÜLLER 1880
Rhodona microtis — SMITH 1937: 230
Lygosoma (Rhodona) microtis — GLAUERT 1960: 94
Lerista microtis — GREER 1967
Lerista microtis — COGGER 1983: 175
Nodorha microtis — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985: 36
Lerista microtis — COGGER 2000: 525
Lerista microtis — WILSON & SWAN 2010

Lerista microtis microtis (GRAY 1845)
Mocoa microtis GRAY 1845: 83
Nodorha microtis microtis — WELLS 2012: 94

Lerista microtis intermedia STORR 1991
Lerista microtis intermedia — STORR et al. 1999
Nodorha microtis intermedia — WELLS 2012: 93

Lerista microtis schwaneri STORR 1991
Nodorha schwaneri — WELLS 2012: 96 
DistributionAustralia (South Australia, Western Australia)

microtis: SW Australia; Type locality: Swan River, W. A.

intermedia: S Western Australia. Type locality: Culham Inlet, WA [33°55'S 120°04'E].

schwaneri: Nuyts Archipelago, South Australia. Type locality: Franklin Island (west), SA [32°27'S 133°39'E].

TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.18.64
Holotype: WAM 89408, collected by R.Elston in 1982 [intermedia]
Holotype: SAMA 25088 (South Australian Museum), collected on 15 December 1983 by K. Jordan [schwaneri] 
DiagnosisPartial redescription: Snout-vent length (mm): 22-51 (40.2). Length of appendages etc. -(% SVL): foreleg 14-23 (17.1); hindleg 25-35 (29.4); tail 104-134 (117); snout to foreleg 25-36 (29.6). Nuchals 2-4 (3.2). Midbody scale rows 18 or 20 (22 in one specimen). Lamellae under longest toe 18-21 (19.3). (Storr 1976) 
CommentSynonymy mainly after COGGER 1983. Lerista microtis arenicola STORR 1971 has been elevated to species status.

Limb morphology: 5 digits, 5 toes 
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  • 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
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