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Sunskinks
Lampropholis - Fitzinger, 1843

Pronunciation: LAM-pro-FOHL-iss
Etymology: 'glistening ones'.

Taxonomic notes:

Notes:
Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Oviparous - 11 out of 11 Australian species

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: friendly sunskink (Lampropholis amicula) at 3.5 cm
 Longest Australian species: montane sunskink (Lampropholis caligula) at 5.5 cm
Number of Australian species: 11
 

diamond-shielded sunskink (Lampropholis adonis)
Builyan, Queensland
Photo © Mark Sanders
diamond-shielded sunskink (Lampropholis adonis) distribution range map Lampropholis adonis
Diamond-shielded sunskink
Year described
Ingram 1991
Description

friendly sunskink (Lampropholis amicula)
Daisy Hill Conservation Park, Queensland
Photo © Stephen Zozaya
friendly sunskink (Lampropholis amicula) distribution range map Lampropholis amicula
Friendly sunskink
Year described
Ingram & Rawlinson 1981
Description

montane sunskink (Lampropholis caligula)
Barrington Tops, New South Wales
Photo © Brad Maryan
montane sunskink (Lampropholis caligula) distribution range map Lampropholis caligula
Montane sunskink
Year described
Ingram & Rawlinson 1981
Description
"A large, drab Lampropholis distinguished from all other members of this genus by its 5 supracilaries and 3 supraoculars. Further distinguished from friendly sunskink (Lampropholis amicula) by its low number of upper labials (5 vs 7)."1

rainforest sunskink (Lampropholis coggeri)
Kirrama, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
rainforest sunskink (Lampropholis coggeri) distribution range map Lampropholis coggeri
Rainforest sunskink
Year described
Ingram 1991
Description
Skinks don't come any browner than this.

Bunya Mountains sunskink (Lampropholis colossus)
Bunya Mountains, Queensland
Photo © Matt Summerville
Bunya Mountains sunskink (Lampropholis colossus) distribution range map Lampropholis colossus
Bunya Mountains sunskink
Year described
Ingram 1991
Description

plain-backed sunskink (Lampropholis couperi)
Mount Nebo, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
plain-backed sunskink (Lampropholis couperi) distribution range map Lampropholis couperi
Plain-backed sunskink
Year described
Ingram 1991
Description

delicate skink (Lampropholis delicata)
Brisbane, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
delicate skink (Lampropholis delicata) distribution range map Lampropholis delicata
Delicate skink
Year described
(De Vis 1888)
Description

long sunskink (Lampropholis elongata)
Riamukka State Forest, New South Wales
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
long sunskink (Lampropholis elongata) distribution range map Lampropholis elongata
Long sunskink
Year described
Greer 1997
Description
Three supraocular scales, with the first two in contact with the frontal scale.2 Limbs are short and widely spaced.

garden skink (Lampropholis guichenoti)
Ballarat, Victoria
Photo © Angus McNab
garden skink (Lampropholis guichenoti) distribution range map Lampropholis guichenoti
Garden skink
Year described
(Duméril & Bibron 1839)
Description

saxicoline sunskink (Lampropholis mirabilis)
Mount Elliot, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
saxicoline sunskink (Lampropholis mirabilis) distribution range map Lampropholis mirabilis
Saxicoline sunskink
Year described
Ingram & Rawlinson 1981
Description

grey-bellied sunskink (Lampropholis robertsi)
Mount Lewis, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
grey-bellied sunskink (Lampropholis robertsi) distribution range map Lampropholis robertsi
Grey-bellied sunskink
Year described
Ingram 1991
Description

References
  1. Ingram, G. & Rawlinson, PA (1981). Five new species of skinks (genus Lampropholis) from Queensland and New South Wales. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 20(2):311-317. - search web for this article
  2. Greer, A.E. (1997). A new species of Lampropholis (Squamata: Scincidae) with a restricted, high altitude distribution in eastern Australia. Australian Zoologist, 30(3):360-368.
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