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Heath shadeskink

heath shadeskink (Saproscincus oriarus)
Wooli, New South Wales
Photo © Kat Lowe
Saproscincus oriarus - Sadlier, 1998
Pronunciation  SAP-roh-SKINK-uss   orr-ee-AHR-uss
Etymology  Saproscincus: 'rotten skink'1, in reference to their use of decaying leaf-litter as a microhabitat.
oriarus: 'of the coast'.2
Other names   
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 4.2 cm
Clutch size
Average: 2
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Northern New South Wales, around Byron Bay. There are two records of this species from North Stradbroke Island, but their existence on the island hasn't been confirmed.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

New South Wales, Queensland


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