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Lerista praepedita (BOULENGER, 1887)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Blunt-tailed West-coast Slider 
SynonymSoridia lineata GRAY 1839: 336 (non Lerista lineata BELL 1833)
Pholeophilus capensis SMITH 1849: 15 (nomen oblitum fide STORR 1971)
Soridia lineata — GÜNTHER 1873: 147
Praepeditus lineatus — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 788 (fide GÜNTHER 1873)
Lygosoma praepeditum BOULENGER 1887: 337 (nom. nov. pro Soridia lineata)
Rhodona lineata GRAY — SMITH 1937: 231 (?)
Lygosoma (Rhodona) praepeditum — GLAUERT 1960: 98
Lerista praepedita — GREER 1967
Lerista praepedita — COGGER 1983: 176
Lerista praepedita — COGGER 2000: 530
Soridia praepedita — WELLS 2012: 45 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: “Australasia”  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.8.18.70-76, BMNH 1946.8.18.79.
Syntypes: BMNH 1946. 8. 18. 62-63, from Little Namaqualand, South Africa (in error) MCZ 112217-18 (ex BMNH 1946.8.18.77-78 [Pholeophilus capensis] 
CommentSynonymy partly after COGGER 1983.

Type species: Soridia lineata Gray, 1839 is the type species of the genus Soridia Gray 1839. Soridia was revived by WELLS 2012: 36 for Soridia humphriesi (Storr, 1971) and Soridia praepedita (Boulenger, 1887). 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, 0 toes (limbless) 
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