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Lerista nichollsi (LOVERIDGE, 1933)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Inland Broad-blazed Slider 
SynonymRhodona nichollsi LOVERIDGE 1933: 97
Lygosoma (Rhodona) nichollsi — GLAUERT 1960: 97
Lerista nichollsi — GREER 1967
Lerista nichollsi — STORR 1976: 252
Lerista nichollsi — COGGER 1983: 175
Lerista nichollsi — COGGER 2000: 527
Telchinoscincus nichollsi — WELLS 2012: 131
Lerista nichollsi — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia: Shark Bay region)

Type locality: Dalgaranger Station, 50 mi NE of Yalgoo, W. A.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 33252 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Small slender Lerista with digits 0 + 2, forelimb groove minute, eyelid immovable, frontoparietals and interparietal fused, dark brown upper lateral stripe and brown vertebral stripe. Distinguishable from both subspecies of L. connivens by lesser size, fusion of second loreal to prefrontal, narrower and more sharply defined vertebral stripe, and fewer rows of midbody scales. Further distinguishable from L. c. connivens by immovable eyelid, more numerous nuchals, and relatively longer hindleg. (Storr 1976) 
CommentSubspecies: Lerista nichollsi petersoni has been elevated to species status.

Type species: Rhodona nichollsi Loveridge, 1933 is the type species of the genus Telchinoscincus Wells and Wellington, 1984. WELLS 2012: 119 revived the genus for T. gascoynensis, kendricki, kennedyensis, nichollsi, onsloviana, petersoni, uniduo, yuna. 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 
EtymologyNamed after Professor Gilbert Ernest Nicholls (b. 1893) of the Western Australia Museum, Perth, who collected the holotype of this skink. His specialty was crustaceans. 
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