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Another new Aprasia from Brad

10 December, 2013

The lizard genus Aprasia includes a group of small, worm-like fossorial (live underground) lizards, most of which are distributed along the west coast of Australia. The taxonomy of this group is poorly resolved. In a recent study, Brad Maryan of Biologic and his colleagues described yet another member of the genus- Aprasia litorea- from the Lake Macleod region in WA. The entire range of this species is currently managed for pastoral purposes without any protection for fauna and flora. By using morphological and genetic data, they also showed that two of the members considered as different species occurring in the region (A. fusca and A. rostrata) are in fact the same species. The findings are now published in the Records of the Western Australian Museum and will be soon available at http://museum.wa.gov.au/research/records-supplements/records.

(Also see Brad’s earlier work at http://biologicenv.com.au/blog/?p=205)