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Blue-tongued skinks
Tiliqua - Gray, 1825

Pronunciation: till-EE-kwa
Etymology: thought to be meaningless.

Taxonomic notes:

One member of this genus, the shingleback (Tiliqua rugosa), was previously the sole member of Trachydosaurus.

Notes:
Statistics: Reproductive modes:
Live-bearing - 6 out of 6 Australian species

Size range:
Smallest Australian species: pygmy blue-tongued skink (Tiliqua adelaidensis) at 9 cm
 Longest Australian species: common blue-tongued skink (Tiliqua scincoides) at 33 cm
Number of Australian species: 6
 

pygmy blue-tongued skink (Tiliqua adelaidensis)
Burra, South Australia
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
pygmy blue-tongued skink (Tiliqua adelaidensis) distribution range map Tiliqua adelaidensis
Pygmy blue-tongued skink
Year described
(Peters 1863)
Description

centralian blue-tongued skink (Tiliqua multifasciata)
Alice Springs, Northern Territory
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
centralian blue-tongued skink (Tiliqua multifasciata) distribution range map Tiliqua multifasciata
Centralian blue-tongued skink
Year described
Sternfeld 1919
Description

blotched blue-tongued skink (Tiliqua nigrolutea)
Dunkeld, Victoria
Photo © Henry Cook
blotched blue-tongued skink (Tiliqua nigrolutea) distribution range map Tiliqua nigrolutea
Blotched blue-tongued skink
Year described
(Quoy & Gaimard 1824)
Description

western blue-tongued skink (Tiliqua occipitalis)
Perth, Western Australia
Photo © Henry Cook
western blue-tongued skink (Tiliqua occipitalis) distribution range map Tiliqua occipitalis
Western blue-tongued skink
Year described
(Peters 1863)
Description

shingleback (Tiliqua rugosa)
Near Lesueur National Park, Western Australia
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
shingleback (Tiliqua rugosa) distribution range map Tiliqua rugosa
Shingleback
Year described
(J.E. Gray 1825)
Description

common blue-tongued skink (Tiliqua scincoides)
Logan City, Queensland
Photo © Stewart Macdonald
common blue-tongued skink (Tiliqua scincoides) distribution range map Tiliqua scincoides
Common blue-tongued skink
Year described
(White, ex Shaw 1790)
Description
Robust, with broad triangular head and distinct neck. Blue-violet tongue, short legs and a short, thick, strong tail. Colour variable but almost always banded.

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