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Lerista planiventralis (LUCAS & FROST, 1902)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesLerista planiventralis decora STORR 1978
Lerista planiventralis maryani STORR 1991
Lerista planiventralis planiventralis (LUCAS & FROST 1902) 
Common NamesE: Keeled Slider 
SynonymRhodona planiventralis LUCAS & FROST 1902: 78
Lygosoma (Rhodona) planiventrale — STERNFELD 1925: 249
Rhodona planiventralis — SMITH 1937: 230
Lygosoma (Rhodona) planiventrale — GLAUERT 1960
Lerista planiventralis — GREER 1967
Lerista planiventralis — COGGER 1983: 176
Lerista planiventralis — COGGER 2000: 529
Goldneyia planiventralis — WELLS 2012: 239
Lerista planiventralis — WILSON & SWAN 2010

Lerista planiventralis decora STORR 1978
Lerista planiventralis decora — STORR et al. 1999
Goldneyia decora — WELLS 2012: 22: 238

Lerista planiventralis maryani STORR 1991
Lerista planiventralis maryani STORR 1991: 483
Goldneyia maryani — WELLS 2012: 22: 239 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

decora: mid-west coast of Western Australia. Type locality: Denham, Shark Bay, WA [25°55'S 113°22'E].

planiventralis: upper west coast of Western Australia. Type locality: W. A.

maryani: NW coast of Western Australia. Type locality: 11 km NW Barradale Roadhouse, WA [22°48'S 114°53'E].  
TypesHolotype: NMV D 11763
Holotype: WAM R54707, from Denham, Shark Bay, 25° 55’ S, 113° 22’ E, W. A. [decora]
Holotype: WAM 104406, collected by B. Maryan and R. Browne-Cooper on 11 March 1990 [maryani] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium-sized Lerista with ventrolateral keel, digits 2 + 3, eyelid movable, and temporals normally 1 + 1. Distinguishable from L. p. decora by more numerous midbody scale rows, darker head and narrower upper lateral stripe (Storr 1978: 312). 
CommentType Species: Rhodona planiventralis Lucas and Frost, 1902 is the type species of the genus Goldneyia WELLS 2012: 229. WELLS 2012: 229 erected the genus for G. decora, maryani, planiventralis. 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.

Behavior: both diurnal and nocturnal

Limb morphology: 2 digits, 3 toes 
EtymologyPresumably named after the Latin planus (flat) plus venter (belly) plus the suffix -alis (having the condition of), in reference to the flattened ventral surface, extending laterally to form ventrolateral keels. (G. Shea, pers. comm., 9 Feb 2024) 
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  • Greer, Allen E. 1967. A new generic arrangement for some Australian scincid lizards. Breviora (267): 1-19 - get paper here
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  • Maryan, Brad 1998. Leristas rule in Australia. Monitor 9 (2): 54-56
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