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Lerista vermicularis STORR, 1982

IUCN Red List - Lerista vermicularis - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Slender Duneslider 
SynonymLerista vermicularis STORR 1982
Lerista vermicularis — COGGER 2000: 535
Alcisius vermicularis — WELLS 2012: 217
Lerista vermicularis — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: Dragon-tree Soak, WA [19°39'S 123°23'E].  
TypesHolotype: WAM R73814. 
CommentType Species: Lerista vermicularis Storr 1982 is the type species of the genus Alcisius WELLS 2012: 208. WELLS 2012: 47 erected the genus for A. vermicularis as sole species. 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, 2 toes 
EtymologyFrom the Latin vermiculus (a little worm), referring to the shape and small size of this species. (G. Shea, pers. comm., 9 Feb 2024) 
  • 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
  • Greer A E 1986. Diagnosis of the Lerista bipes species-group (Lacertilia: Scincidae), with a description of a new species and an updated diagnosis of the genus. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 13 (1): 121-127 - get paper here
  • Skinner, Adam; Michael S Y Lee and Mark N Hutchinson 2008. Rapid and repeated limb loss in a clade of scincid lizards. [Lerista]. BMC Evolutionary Biology 8:310 - get paper here
  • Storr G M 1982. Four new Lerista (Lacertilia: Scincidae) from Western & South Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 10 (1): 1-9 - 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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