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Cape Melville Rainbow Skink

Cape Melville Rainbow Skink (Carlia wundalthini)
Melville Range, Queensland
Photo © Conrad Hoskin
Carlia wundalthini - Hoskin, 2014
Pronunciation  KAR-lee-ah  
Etymology  Carlia: thought to be meaningless.
wundalthini: "Wundalthini was the name of Charlie Monaghan, a Traditional Owner who was born in the Cape Melville area and who passed on much of the knowledge and responsibility for that country to the current generation of its Traditional Owners. The species was named by the bubu gudjin of Cape Melville, the Traditional Owners who have the responsibility to speak for the land where the species lives."1
Other names   
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 4.9 cm
Clutch size
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


"Known only from the uplands of the Melville Range, Cape Melville, north-eastern Australia). Recorded in the vicinity of the type locality (14°16'33" S, 144°29'32" E), at elevations between 450 and 520 m a.s.l., and also in the vicinity of the highest peak (14°16'59" S, 144°29'59" E) at about 600 m a.s.l. Carlia wundalthini. was not recorded during surveys of lowland rainforest at the west and south-east of Melville Range."1

Found in the following Australian states/territories



"Found in upland rainforest. Individuals were found during the day active on the surface of leaf-litter or basking in small sun-patches. When disturbed the skinks hid under the leaf-litter or retreated to tangles of fallen branches or rock crevices. Male C. wundalthini were in breeding colour in December but not in March."1

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