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North-eastern orange-tailed slider

north-eastern orange-tailed slider (Lerista orientalis)
Western Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland
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Lerista orientalis - (De Vis, 1889)
Pronunciation  ler-ISS-tah   OR-ee-enn-TAH-liss
Etymology  Lerista: apparently meaningless.1
orientalis: eastern.
Other names   
 
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 5 cm
Reproduction
Oviparous
Clutch size
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos

Description

"A small slender Lerista with 4 fingers, 4 toes, and immovable eyelid (a spectacle) differing from L. zonulata mainly in its broad dark diffuse upper lateral zone with more or less definite upper edge but no definite lower edge, and from L. ingrami in its greater size, overall darker colouration, more numerous superciliaries (5 vs 4 or 5) and midbody scale rows (mostly 20 vs mostly 18) and larger nasals and frontoparietals."2

Similar species

Wide-striped four-toed slider (Lerista zonulata) - Dark upper lateral stripe is distinct and sharply delineated from dorsal colour (vs indistinct and not sharply delineated in L. orientalis).
McIvor River slider (Lerista ingrami) - Dark upper lateral stripe is distinct and sharply delineated from dorsal colour (vs indistinct and not sharply delineated in L. orientalis).

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