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Sun-loving litter-skink

sun-loving litter-skink (Lygisaurus zuma)
Paluma, Queensland
Photo © Eric Vanderduys
Lygisaurus zuma - Couper, 1993
Pronunciation  LIE-gee-SOHR-uss   ZOO-muh
Etymology  Lygisaurus: 'flexible lizard'.1
zuma: "The name is derived from Montezuma II, the last Aztec emperor, who was a sun-worshipper. The name alludes to the lizard's basking habits. The epithet is to be treated as a noun in apposition."2
Other names  Carlia zuma 
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 3.5 cm
Clutch size
Average: 2
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Described from the Mackay region, but found north to Mt Spec3 and Kirrama.

Found in the following Australian states/territories



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