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Lerista yuna STORR, 1991

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Sphenomorphinae (Sphenomorphini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Yuna Broad-blazed Slider 
SynonymLerista yuna STORR 1991
Lerista yuna — COGGER 2000: 763
Telchinoscincus yuna — WELLS 2012: 136
Lerista yuna — WILSON & SWAN 2010 
DistributionAustralia (Western Australia)

Type locality: East Yuna Reserve, WA [28°28'S 115°13'E].  
TypesHolotype: WAM R97214. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A strongly patterned member of the L. nichollsi complex with immovable eyelids, 4 supraciliaries, wide vertebral stripe, 2 toes and forelimb represented by a small groove or pit (and occasionally a minute stump), Distinguishable from L. petersoni by larger second loreal, larger presuboculars and lack of yellow on flanks and venter, and from L. kendricki by paler head and vertebral stripe and wider upper lateral stripe. (Storr 1991)

Description: Snout-vent length (mm): 29-66 (N 4). Tail (% SVL): 88 (N 1). Nasals in short to long contact. Prefrontals widely separated. Frontoparietals and interparietal fused. Supraoculars 3, first two in contact with frontal. Supraciliaries 4, last much the smallest. Loreals 2, second not fused to prefrontal. Presuboculars 2. Upper labials 6. Nuchals 2 (occasionally 3). Midbody scale rows 20. Lamellae under longer toe 10-12. (Storr 1991)

Coloration: Head pale greyish brown, irregularly marked with dark brown or blackish brown (especially along sutures). Four series of angular dark brown or blackish brown spots on back (outer series continuing on to tail), space between them greyish brown, flecked darker. Dorsolateral stripe brownish white (pale coppery brown in life). Wide dark brown or blackish brown upper lateral stripe from nasal to end of tail, occupying on body a row of scales and lower half of row immediately above. Upper surface of hindlegs mottled with greyish brown. Lower lateral and ventral surfaces whitish in life. (Storr 1991) 
CommentLimb morphology: 0 digits, 2 toes 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
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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
  • 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 1991. Four new members of the Lerista nichollsi complex (Lacertilia: Scincidae). Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 15 (1) 1991: 139-147 - 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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