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Cape Melville shadeskink

Cape Melville shadeskink (Saproscincus saltus)
Cape Melville, Queensland
Photo © Conrad Hoskin
Saproscincus saltus - Hoskin, 2013
Pronunciation  SAP-roh-SKINK-uss   SALT-tuss
Etymology  Saproscincus: 'rotten skink'1, in reference to their use of decaying leaf-litter as a microhabitat.
saltus: "saltus; from the Latin for leaping. In recognition of the agility of this species across boulders. The species epithet is treated as a noun in apposition."2
Other names  Cape Melville shade skink
Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 4 cm
Species max: 4.2 cm
Clutch size
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Cape Melville, Queensland.

Found in the following Australian states/territories



Upland boulder habitat associated with rainforest. Individuals have been found on mossy boulders under a rainforest canopy and in an exposed boulder-field immediately adjacent to rainforest; all active during the day on boulders.2
"They moved rapidly across the rocks and leapt between boulders when pursued."2

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