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Water skinks
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Golden Water Skink (Eulamprus quoyii)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia (paraphyletic)
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Subfamily: Lygosominae
Genus: Eulamprus
(Lönnberg & Andersson, 1913)

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Eulamprus, the water skinks, are a genus of skinks in the subfamily Lygosominae. The genus Eulamprus belongs to a clade in the Sphenomorphus group that contains other genera such as Ctenotus and Anomalopus. Even closer related to Eulamprus than these two genera, seems to be the Prickly Skink (Gnypetoscincus queenslandiae).[1]


Hinulia elegans, described by Gray in 1838, is an unidentified lygosomine that may be Eulamprus tenuis.[3]


  1. ^ Austin & Arnold (2006)
  2. ^ Eulamprus, The Reptile Database
  3. ^ Shea & Michels (2008)


  • Austin, J.J. & Arnold, E.N. (2006): Using ancient and recent DNA to explore relationships of extinct and endangered Leiolopisma skinks (Reptilia: Scincidae) in the Mascarene islands. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 39(2): 503–511. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2005.12.011 (HTML abstract)
  • Shea, G.M. & Michels, J.P. (2008): A replacement name for Sphenomorphus keiensis (Kopstein, 1926) from the southeastern Moluccas, Indonesia (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) with a redescription of the species. Zoologische Mededelingen Leiden 82(52): 737-747. PDF