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Four-fingered shadeskink

four-fingered shadeskink (Saproscincus tetradactylus)
Mission Beach, Queensland
Photo © David Fischer
Saproscincus tetradactylus - (Greer & Kluge, 1980)
Pronunciation  SAP-roh-SKINK-uss   TETT-rah-DAK-till-uss
Etymology  Saproscincus: 'rotten skink'1, in reference to their use of decaying leaf-litter as a microhabitat.
tetradactylus: 'four-fingered'. So named because it was originally assigned to Lampropholis, all members of which have five fingers2. Conveniently, all other members of Saproscincus also have five fingers.
Other names  Lampropholis tetradactyla 
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 3.3 cm
Clutch size
Average: 2
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Found in the following Australian states/territories



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