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Mosaic desert skink

mosaic desert skink (Eremiascincus musivus)
Dampier, Western Australia
Photo © Brad Maryan
Eremiascincus musivus - Mecke, Doughty & Donnellan, 2009
Pronunciation  EH-re-MEE-ah-SKINK-uss  
Etymology  Eremiascincus: 'desert skink'.1
musivus: "The specific epithet (from Latin, meaning 'tessellated') refers to the unique dorsal colour pattern formed by numerous whitish and dark spots. Used as a noun in apposition."2
Other names   
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 5.92 cm
Species max: 5.92 cm
Clutch size
Average: 3
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Pilbara Coast, Dampierland and the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia.2

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Western Australia


"Buffel- and spinifex grassland and low shrub land".2

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