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Mourning skinks
Lissolepis - Peters, 1872


Taxonomic notes:

Resurrected from synoonymy with Egernia in 2008.1

 Notes: Body is squarish in cross-section. Dorsal scales are generally smooth and in 20-28 rows. Subocular scale row is complete. Colour of eyelids is similar to that of the adjacent scales.2
Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Live-bearing - 2 out of 2 Australian species

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: eastern mourning skink (Lissolepis coventryi) at 10 cm
 Longest Australian species: western mourning skink (Lissolepis luctuosa) at 13 cm
Number of Australian species: 2

eastern mourning skink (Lissolepis coventryi)
Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Photo © Ray Lloyd
eastern mourning skink (Lissolepis coventryi) distribution range map Lissolepis coventryi
Eastern mourning skink
Year described
(Storr 1978)

western mourning skink (Lissolepis luctuosa)
Margaret River, Western Australia
Photo © David Fischer
western mourning skink (Lissolepis luctuosa) distribution range map Lissolepis luctuosa
Western mourning skink
Year described
(Peters 1866)

  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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