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Roberts' scaly-foot

Roberts' scaly-foot (Pygopus robertsi)
Shipton's Flat, Queensland
Photo © Steve Wilson
Pygopus robertsi - Oliver, Couper & Amey, 2010
Pronunciation    ROB-ert-see
Etymology  Pygopus: 'rump foot', referring to the flap-like scales either side of the vent.
robertsi: "Named for Charles George Roberts who, with his brother Lewis, has assisted zoologists, botanists and ecologists with their field studies in north-east Queensland for over four decades. The Roberts brothers are recognised experts on the flora and fauna of the Cooktown area and Honorary Consultants to the Queensland Museum."1
Other names   
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 18.7 cm
Species max: 22.4 cm
Clutch size
Average: 2
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


North-eastern Queensland. Known from Heathlands on Cape York Peninsula and from Shipton's Flat south to Yungaburra. Possibly also found near Irvinebank, Mt Misery.1

Found in the following Australian states/territories



Dry woodland along the western edge of the Wet Tropics bioregion. Known from bloodwood forest with an understorey of grasstrees and Casuarina and a grassy groundcover, and from regenerating heath.1

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