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Ophioscincus - Peters, 1873

Pronunciation: OH-fee-oh-SKIN-kuss
Etymology: 'snake skink'.

Taxonomic notes:

Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Oviparous - 3 out of 3 Australian species

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: Cooloola snake-skink (Ophioscincus cooloolensis) at 7 cm
 Longest Australian species: yolk-bellied snake-skink (Ophioscincus ophioscincus) at 10 cm
Number of Australian species: 3

Cooloola snake-skink (Ophioscincus cooloolensis)
Cooloola, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
Cooloola snake-skink (Ophioscincus cooloolensis) distribution range map Ophioscincus cooloolensis
Cooloola snake-skink
Year described
Greer & Cogger 1985
Limbs absent. Prefrontal scales absent.

yolk-bellied snake-skink (Ophioscincus ophioscincus)
Mount Nebo, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
yolk-bellied snake-skink (Ophioscincus ophioscincus) distribution range map Ophioscincus ophioscincus
Yolk-bellied snake-skink
Year described
(Boulenger 1887)
Limbs absent. Prefrontal scales present.

short-limbed snake-skink (Ophioscincus truncatus)
Lamington Plateau, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
short-limbed snake-skink (Ophioscincus truncatus) distribution range map Ophioscincus truncatus
Short-limbed snake-skink
Year described
(Peters 1876)
Minute forelimbs and hindlimbs, with no digits.

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