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Dwarf skinks
Menetia - Gray, 1845

Pronunciation: men-ETT-ee-ah
 Etymology: Probably meaningless.1

Taxonomic notes:

 Notes: Distinguished from Pygmaeascincus in having the interparietal scale separate from the frontoparietal scales (versus fused in Pygmaeascincus).2
Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Oviparous - 5 out of 5 Australian species

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: Top End dwarf skink (Menetia alanae) at 2.5 cm
 Longest Australian species: common dwarf skink (Menetia greyii) at 3.8 cm
Number of Australian species: 5

Top End dwarf skink (Menetia alanae)
Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory
Photo © Brad Maryan
Top End dwarf skink (Menetia alanae) distribution range map Menetia alanae
Top End dwarf skink
Year described
Rankin 1979

Jabiluka dwarf skink (Menetia concinna)
West Alligator River, Northern Territory
Photo © Brad Maryan
Jabiluka dwarf skink (Menetia concinna) distribution range map Menetia concinna
Jabiluka dwarf skink
Year described
Sadlier 1984

common dwarf skink (Menetia greyii)
Moranbah, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
common dwarf skink (Menetia greyii) distribution range map Menetia greyii
Common dwarf skink
Year described
J.E. Gray 1845

northern dwarf skink (Menetia maini)
Mt Isa, Queensland
Photo © Mark Sanders
northern dwarf skink (Menetia maini) distribution range map Menetia maini
Northern dwarf skink
Year described
Storr 1976

western dwarf skink (Menetia surda)
Hamersley Range, Western Australia
Photo © Ray Lloyd
western dwarf skink (Menetia surda) distribution range map Menetia surda
Western dwarf skink
Year described
Storr 1976

  1. Ehmann, Harald (1992). Encyclopedia of Australian animals: Reptiles. Angus and Robertson. 495 pp - search web for this book
  2. Couper, Patrick J & Hoskin, Conrad J (2014). A new genus to accommodate three skinks currently assigned to Menetia (Lacertilia: Scincidae). Zootaxa, 3884(6):597-599.
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