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Lerista storri GREER, MCDONALD & LAWRIE, 1983

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Mount Surprise Slider, Storr's Lerista 
SynonymLerista storri GREER, MCDONALD & LAWRIE 1983
Gavisus storri — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Lerista storri — COGGER 2000: 532
Gavisus storri — WELLS 2012: 115
Lerista storri — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Lerista storri — AMEY et al. 2019 
DistributionAustralia (Queensland)

Type locality: near railway crossing, Springfield Station, QLD [17°53'00"S 144°24'30"E].  
TypesHolotype: QM J39480, nr railway crossing, Springfield Stn, Qld, collected C.J. Limpus & K.R. McDonald, 19.xiii.1979. Paratypes: AMS (AM). Paratypes: AMS R44772–73, Chillagoe Post Office, 14.9 km SE, NEQ (17°13'S, 144°33'E), 17 June, 1976 [now referred to Lerista parameles sp. nov. and excluded from the diagnosis and description of L. storri. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Distinguished from all other Lerista by the complete absence of a forelimb, hindlimb styliform <2.5% SVL, interparietal distinct from the frontoparietals, prefrontals absent, four supraciliaries and anterior chin shields with an intervening scale (from Amey et al. 2019).

Comparisons. This species is very close morphologically to L. alia sp. nov. It can usually be distinguished by its shorter hindlimb, but there is overlap in this character (range: 1.70–2.46% SVL vs. 2.33–4.49% SVL). This species is almost patternless, with very vague to absent bands of darker pigment running along the body, strongest anteriorly. In L. alia sp. nov., discrete dark flecks are always present, forming more or less distinct longitudinal lines, strongest anteriorly (for comparison, see Fig. 3). The two species are separated geographically by about 60 km, with L. alia sp. nov. centred on Bulleringa National Park and L. storri known only from Springfield Station (see Fig. 1). Of those species of Lerista with no forelimb and a stylar or single digit hindlimb (18 species), only four other species have four supraciliaries, L. cinerea, L. hobsoni, L. vanderduysi and L. vittata. These four species all have a longer hindlimb (>4% SVL) with a distinct, clawed digit and usually have two infralabials contacting the postmental (vs. a single infralabial in L. storri and L. alia sp. nov.) (from Amey et al. 2019). 
CommentConservation: this is one of the most-threatened reptile species in Australia (Geyle et al. 2021).

Species group: wilkinsi. 
Etymologynamed after Glenn Storr (1921-1990) of the Western Australian Museum. See Smith 1991 for further biographical notes. 
  • Amey, A.P. & Couper, P.J. 2009. A new limb-reduced skink (Scincidae: Lerista) from the dry rainforest of north Queensland, Australia. Zootaxa 2173: 19–30 - get paper here
  • AMEY, ANDREW P.; PATRICK J. COUPER, JESSICA WORTHINGTON WILMER 2019. Two new species of Lerista Bell, 1833 (Reptilia: Scincidae) from north Queensland populations formerly assigned to Lerista storri Greer, McDonald and Lawrie, 1983. Zootaxa 4577 (1): 473–493 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
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  • 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
  • Couper, P.J. & Amey, A.P. 2009. Lerista karlschmidti (Marx and Hosmer, 1959) (Sauria: Scincidae): re-examination of the type series, reassignment of a paratype and distribution notes. Zootaxa 2312: 39–48 - get paper here
  • Geyle, H. M., Tingley, R., Amy, A., Cogger, H., Couper, P., Cowan, M., Craig, M., Doughty, P., Driscoll, D., Ellis, R., Emery, J-P., Fenner, A., Gardner, M., Garnett, S., Gillespie, G., Greenless, M., Hoskin, C., Keogh, S., Lloyd, R., ... Chapple, D. 2020. Reptiles on the brink: Identifying the Australian terrestrial snake and lizard species most at risk of extinction. Pacific Conservation Biology - get paper here
  • Greer A E; McDonald K R; Lawrie B C 1983. Three new species of Lerista (Scincidae) from northern Queensland with a diagnosis of the wilkinsi species group. Journal of Herpetology 17 (2): 247-255 - get paper here
  • Shea, Glenn M; Sadlier, Ross A 1999. A catalogue of the non-fossil amphibian and reptile type specimens in the collection of the Australian Museum: types currently, previously and purportedly present. TECHNICAL REPORTS OF THE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM 15, 1999: 1-91 - get paper here
  • Smith, Laurie A. 1991. Glen Milton Storr 1921–1990. Copeia. 1991 (2): 550–552 - get paper here
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  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
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