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Southern pygmy spiny-tailed skink

southern pygmy spiny-tailed skink (Egernia depressa)
Little Sandy Desert, Western Australia
Photo © Ray Lloyd
Egernia depressa - (Günther, 1875)
Pronunciation  eh-GER-nee-ah  
Etymology  depressa: 'The adjective depressa (Latin) refers to the dorso- ventrally flattened appearance of this species.'1
Other names  pygmy spiny-tailed skink
Silubosaurus depressus 
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 12 cm
Litter size
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


"Western Australia, from 100 km west of Kalgoorlie in the southeast of its range, west to the Wongon Hills, north and west to below the Northwest Cape and north and east to near Newman (but not occurringon the Pilbara craton). Older records from Perth and Albany are the result of accidental transportation."1

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Western Australia


"Prefers open woodland, especially mulga, where they will shelter in dead trees and fallen logs. Also occurs on granite outcrops where available (e.g. surrounded by mulga woodland)."1

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