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Lerista stictopleura STORR, 1985

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Spotted Broad-blazed Slider 
SynonymLerista stictopleura STORR 1985
Lerista stictopleura — COGGER 2000: 532
Xynoscincus stictopleura — WELLS 2012: 145
Lerista stictopleura — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: 10 km WNW of Mt Augustus Homestead, WA [24°17'S 116°48'E].  
TypesHolotype: WAM R84198. 
CommentType species: Lerista stictopleura Storr, 1985 is the type species of the genus Xynoscincus Wells and Wellington, 1988. WELLS 2012: 136 revived Xynoscincus for the species Xynoscincus stictopleurus (Storr, 1985). 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: 1 digits, 2 toes 
EtymologyFrom Greek stictos (spotted) and pleura (side). 
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  • 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
  • Greer,A.E. 1990. Limb reduction in the scincid lizard genus Lerista. 2. Variation in the bone complements of the front and rear limbs and the number of postsacral vertebrae. Journal of Herpetology 24 (2): 142-150 - get paper here
  • Storr G M 1985. Two new skinks (Lacertilia: Scincidae) from Western Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 12 (2): 193-196 - get paper here
  • Storr, G. M.; L. A. Smith, and R. E. Johnstone 1999. Lizards of Western Australia. I. Skinks. Revised Edition. Western Australian Museum
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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