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Liopholis - Fitzinger, 1843

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Taxonomic notes:

Resurrected from synoonymy with Egernia in 2008.1

 Notes: Body shape is squarish in cross-section. Dorsal scales are generally smooth and in 34-52 rows. No postnarial groove. Subocular scale row is incomplete. Distinct cream margins to eyelid.2
Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Oviparous - 1 out of 11 Australian species
Live-bearing - 10 out of 11 Australian species

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: desert skink (Liopholis inornata) at 8.4 cm
 Longest Australian species: great desert skink (Liopholis kintorei) at 19 cm
Number of Australian species: 11
 

Snowy Mountains skink (Liopholis guthega)
Falls Creek, Victoria
Photo © Rob Valentic
Snowy Mountains skink (Liopholis guthega) distribution range map Liopholis guthega
Snowy Mountains skink
Year described
(Donnellan, Hutchinson, Dempsey & Osborne 2002)
Description

desert skink (Liopholis inornata)
Leonora, Western Australia
Photo © Mark Sanders
desert skink (Liopholis inornata) distribution range map Liopholis inornata
Desert skink
Year described
(Rosén 1905)
Description

great desert skink (Liopholis kintorei)
Southern Tanami, Northern Territory
Photo © Ray Lloyd
great desert skink (Liopholis kintorei) distribution range map Liopholis kintorei
Great desert skink
Year described
(Stirling & Zietz 1893)
Description

Centralian Ranges rock-skink (Liopholis margaretae)
Harts Range, Northern Territory
Photo © Rob Valentic
Centralian Ranges rock-skink (Liopholis margaretae) distribution range map Liopholis margaretae
Centralian Ranges rock-skink
Year described
(Storr 1968)
Description

Eastern Ranges rock-skink (Liopholis modesta)
Tenterfield, New South Wales
Captive animal kindly provided by Danny Brown

Photo © Stewart Macdonald
Eastern Ranges rock-skink (Liopholis modesta) distribution range map Liopholis modesta
Eastern Ranges rock-skink
Year described
(Storr 1968)
Description

mountain skink (Liopholis montana)
Mt Hotham, Victoria
Photo © Jordan de Jong
mountain skink (Liopholis montana) distribution range map Liopholis montana
Mountain skink
Year described
(Donnellan, Hutchinson, Dempsey & Osborne 2002)
Description

bull skink (Liopholis multiscutata)
Jurien Bay, Western Australia
Photo © Dean Bradshaw
bull skink (Liopholis multiscutata) distribution range map Liopholis multiscutata
Bull skink
Year described
(Mitchell & Behrndt 1949)
Description

south-western rock-skink (Liopholis pulchra)
Stirling Ranges, Western Australia
Photo © David Fischer
south-western rock-skink (Liopholis pulchra) distribution range map Liopholis pulchra
South-western rock-skink
Year described
(Werner 1910)
Description

Slater's skink (Liopholis slateri)
Alice Springs region, Northern Territory
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
Slater's skink (Liopholis slateri) distribution range map Liopholis slateri
Slater's skink
Year described
(Storr 1968)
Description

night skink (Liopholis striata)
Ti Tree, Northern Territory
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
night skink (Liopholis striata) distribution range map Liopholis striata
Night skink
Year described
(Sternfeld 1919)
Description

White's skink (Liopholis whitii)
Warrumbungle National Park, New South Wales
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
White's skink (Liopholis whitii) distribution range map Liopholis whitii
White's skink
Year described
(Lacépède 1804)
Description

References
  1. Gardner, Michael G.; Hugall, Andrew F.; Donnellan, Stephen C.; Hutchinson, Mark N.; & Foster, Ralph (2008). Molecular systematics of social skinks: phylogeny and taxonomy of the Egernia group (Reptilia: Scincidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 154:781-794. - search web for this article
  2. Brown, Danny (2009). A guide to keeping Australian lizards. Australian Bird Keeper Publications. - search web for this book
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