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A redescription of Lerista karlschmidti (Marx & Hosmer, 1959) (Reptilia: Scincidae) from the Northern Territory and removal of this species from the Queensland faunal list by rejecting its type locality

Title

A redescription of Lerista karlschmidti (Marx & Hosmer, 1959) (Reptilia: Scincidae) from the Northern Territory and removal of this species from the Queensland faunal list by rejecting its type locality (1585 KB) pdf document icon

Author/s

Amey, A.P. & Couper, P.J.

Citation

Amey, A.P. & Couper, P.J. 2017. A redescription of Lerista karlschmidti (Marx & Hosmer, 1959) (Reptilia: Scincidae) from the Northern Territory and removal of this species from the Queensland faunal list by rejecting its type locality. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum - Nature 60: 177–183. https://doi.org/10.17082/j.2204-1478.60.2017.2017-08

Accepted 13 September 2017
Published online 13 December 2017
Peer reviewed:

Yes

DOI

https://doi.org/10.17082/j.2204-1478.60.2017.2017-08

Keywords Lerista, Queensland, L. karlschmidti, Northern Territory, species

Abstract

The current species concept for Lerista karlschmidti encompasses two widely disjunct populations, one in Queensland and the other in the Northern Territory. The two populations cannot be differentiated morphologically and genetic analysis is currently not possible since the original Queensland specimens (the type series) are likely to be formalin-fixed. The species has not been found in Queensland since its description, despite targeted searches by competent field herpetologists. Herein, we re-evaluate the collection data associated with the type specimens and also assess aspects of head scalation that are almost unique to this species. We conclude that L. karlschmidti is an endemic Northern Territory species, that the type locality of Woodstock, Queensland, is in error and that the species should be removed from the Queensland faunal list.