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Lerista separanda STORR, 1976

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Dampierland Plain Slider 
SynonymLerista separanda STORR 1976: 246
Lerista separanda — COGGER 1983: 176
Lerista separanda — COGGER 2000: 530
Miculia separanda — WELLS 2012: 59
Lerista separanda — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: Coulomb Point, 17° 21’ S, 122° 09’ E, W. A.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: WAM R40268 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Small slender Lerista with digits 4 + 4, eyelid immovable (i.e. a large transparent disc surrounded by an almost complete series of granules). Distinguishable from L. elegans by 18 (rather than 16) midbody scale rows, and frolp. L. distinguenda by nasals forming a median suture; further distinguishable from both of those species by pale back without dark spots or olive tone but anteriorly with a wide faint vertebral stripe. (Storr 1976)

Description (of holotype, the only available specimen at the time): Snout-vent length (mm): 30. Length of appendages etc. (% SVL): foreleg 19; hindleg 33; tail 118; snout to foreleg 32.
Nasals forming a moderately long median suture. Prefrontals widely separated. F.rontoparietals forming a long median suture; smaller than interparietal. Nuchals 2. Supraoculars 3, first two contacting frontal. Supraciliaries 4, last much the smallest. Upper secondary temporal much the 'largest; lower secondary much the smallest (on other side, primary temporal broken into two scales subequal to lower secondary). Midbody scale rows 18. Lamellae under longest toe 15-16, slightly compressed and very weakly keeled.
Coloration: Upper surface pale pinkish buff, each scale finely edged with brown. A brown spot in centre of frontonasal, frontoparietals and interparietal, and a brown median streak on frontal, nape and foreback. Dark brown upper lateral stripe from tip of snout back through orbit to base of tail. Under surface whitish. (Storr 1976) 
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References
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Couper, P., Covacevich, J., Amey, A. & Baker, A. 2006. The genera of skinks (Family Scincidae) of Australia and its island territories: diversity, distribution and identification. in: Merrick, J.R., Archer, M., Hickey, G.M. & Lee, M.S.Y. (eds.). Evolution and Zoogeography of Australasian Vertebrates. Australian Scientific Publishing, Sydney, pp. 367-384
  • Storr, G. M. 1976. Revisionary notes on the Lerista (Lacertilia: Scincidae) of Western Australia. Rec. West. Aust. Mus. 4: 241-256 - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M., Smith, L. A. & Johnstone, R. E. 1981. Lizards of Western Australia. I. Skinks. Perth: University of Western Australia Press and Western Australian Museum, 200 pp.
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
 
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