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Lesser robust fine-lined slider

lesser robust fine-lined slider (Lerista karlschmidti)
Elcho Island, Northern Territory
Photo © Eric Vanderduys
Lerista karlschmidti - (Marx & Hosmer, 1959)
Pronunciation  ler-ISS-tah  
Etymology  Lerista: apparently meaningless.1
karlschmidti: "Named by Marx & Hosmer (1959) for Karl Patterson Schmidt (1897–1957), a prominent herpetologist based at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago." (Amey & Couper 2017)
Other names  Rhodona karlschmidti 
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 7 cm
Clutch size
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


The type locality is Woodstock, Queensland, but the species is also found in the northern Northern Territory. This odd distribution prompted the Queensland Museum to re-examine the type specimens and the circumstances surrounding their collection.2 They concluded that the specimens were indeed Lerista karlschmidti and that they were collected from Woodstock. They concluded that "Although morphologically indistinguishable from the Northern Territory L. karlschmidti, the Queensland population is unlikely to be conspecific with this population as the two are isolated by a linear distance of 1,400 km."2

The same authors then re-examined the situation in 2017, and concluded that the 'Woodstock' locality is likely in error. As such, this species is no longer considered to be found in Queensland.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory


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