Lerista vittata GREER, MCDONALD & LAWRIE, 1983
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lerista vittata?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Sphenomorphinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Side-striped Fine-lined Slider|
|Synonym||Lerista vittata GREER, MCDONALD & LAWRIE 1983|
Gavisus vittata — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984
Lerista vittata — COGGER 2000: 536
Gavisus vittatus — WELLS 2012: 117
Lerista vittata — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Type locality: 'Mt.Cooper', 90 km SE Charters Towers, QLD [20°31'30"S 146°55'00"E].
|Types||Holotype: QM J40102|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Lerista vittata differs from all other species of Lerista in the following combination of character states: front limb totally absent (not even represented by a nubbin in a dimple); rear limb monodactyl; prefrontal absent, and primary temporal small, separated from or only in short contact with parietal).|
Description. Lerista vittata is very similar to L. cinerea but differs from notice-
ably in the absence of the prefrontal and the presence of a distinct dark brown lateral stripe. Other differences are: presub-ocular larger; transversely enlarged nuchals 1-3 vs. 2-3; primary temporal not in contact with parietal as opposed to usually separated or occasional short contact; infralabials 5 vs. 3-5; anterior pair of chin scales medially separated.
Comparison with Similar Species. Lerista vittata differs from the seven other species of Lerista that combine the absence of all external trace of a front limb with a monodactyl or stylar hind limb (carpentariae, cinerea, humphriesi, karlschmidti,praepedita, storri and stylis) in combining a primary temporal that is either separated from or only in short contact with the parietal with a color pattern featuring a distinct dark brown lateral stripe.
|Etymology||The adjectival species name vittata is from the Latin word for stripe and calls attention to the distinct dark brown lateral stripe.|