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friendly slider (Lerista amicorum)
Fortescue Floodout, Western Australia
Photo © Ray Lloyd
Lerista amicorum - Smith & Adams, 2007
Pronunciation  ler-ISS-tah  
Etymology  Lerista: apparently meaningless.1
amicorum: "Two friends and stalwarts of the Western Australian Museum, W.H. (Harry) Butler and A.M. (Athol) Douglas collected the original specimens in 1964. Suspecting they were a new species the two evanescent rivals arrived very early one morning at the Herpetology laboratory at the Western Australian Museum, almost coincidentally, breathless, and each with part of the Poona series listed above (and clearly trying to claim the kudos for the discovery of a suspected new species). Glen Storr, then Curator, assured them the specimens were only examples of L. muelleri, but facetiously suggested that should the specimens ever prove to be a new species he would call it amicorum (Latin for 'of the friends')."2
Other names  Lerista muelleri 
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 4.3 cm
Clutch size
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


The "Floodplain of the upper Fortescue River from Weeli Wolli in the west, east to Neds Creek Station".2

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Western Australia


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