Morphological and molecular assessment of Aprasia fusca and A. rostrata (Squamata: Pygopodidae), with a description of a new species from the Lake MacLeod region, Western AustraliaWA Museum Records and Supplements | Updated 4 years agoABSTRACT – The Australian pygopodid genus Aprasia comprises a group of small, morphologically conservative, worm-like fossorial lizards, many of which are distributed along the west coast of the continent. This study re-examines the taxonomic distinctiveness of the two most northerly occurring species in Western Australia: A. fusca and A. rostrata, which are very similar in morphology. A combined morphological and allozyme analysis revealed these two species to be conspecific with A. rostrata considered a senior synonym of A. fusca. As a consequence, we have redescribed A. rostrata. The allozyme analysis also revealed a new species, named here as Aprasia litorea sp. nov. This species occurs in the Lake Macleod region, well to the south of its congener, A. rostrata, and the two species are diagnosable using a conservative suite of morphological and meristic characters. Author(s) Brad Maryan, Brian G. Bush and Mark Adams Volume Records 28 : Part 2 Article Published 2013 Page Number 144 DOI 10.18195/issn.0312-3162.28(2).2013.144-163 Morphological and molecular assessment of Aprasia fusca and A. rostrata (Squamata: Pygopodidae), with a description of a new sp Download 9.1 MB To request an accessible version of this pdf please email firstname.lastname@example.org View the discussion thread.