Thursday, September 8, 2016

[Herpetology • 2016] Cryptic Diversity within the Narrowly Endemic Lerista wilkinsi group (Reptilia: Scincidae) of north Queensland — Two New Species


Lerista cinerea   
Greer, McDonald & Lawrie, 1983


Abstract

Herein we describe two new species of the skink genus Lerista from north-eastern Queensland, based on morphological and genetic data.  Additionally, we redescribe L. cinerea as this species is morphologically more variable than previously suggested.  We allocate these three species to the L. wilkinsi group (Greer et al. 1983) which is here identified as an endemic Queensland radiation, comprising L. ameles, L. cinerea, L. hobsoni sp. nov., L. storri, L. vanderduysi sp. nov., L. vittata and L. wilkinsi.  A number of these species have strong associations with semi-evergreen vine thickets, listed as an endangered habitat under the Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999).

Keywords: Reptilia, Australia, Einasleigh Uplands Bioregion, endangered habitat, fine-lined slider skinks, semi-evergreen vine thickets



 Patrick J Couper, Andrew P Amey and Jessica Worthington Wilmer. 2016. Cryptic Diversity within the Narrowly Endemic Lerista wilkinsi group of north Queensland — Two New Species (Reptilia: Scincidae). Zootaxa. 4162(1); 61–91. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4162.1.3

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