Anomalopus mackayi

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Anomalopus mackayi
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Anomalopus
Species: A. mackayi
Binomial name
Anomalopus mackayi
Greer & Cogger, 1985[1]

Anomalopus mackayi, commonly known as the five-clawed worm skink, long-legged worm skink, and MacKay's burrowing skink, is a species of smooth-scaled burrowing skink endemic to eastern Australia.


The specific name, mackayi, is in honor of Australian herpetologist Roy D. MacKay.[2]

Behaviour and habitat[edit]

A. mackayi generally burrows in areas with black soil and few trees.


A. mackayi generally grows to the size of about 10 cm (3.9 in) snout-vent length (SVL). It is similar to Anomalopus leuckartii but with a distinctly didactyle (having two digits) hindlimbs, a central dark spot within each individual scale, and is yellow-green below with darker flecks (Cogger 2000).


Adult females of the A.mackayi give birth to live young.

Conservation status[edit]

A. mackayi is listed as Vulnerable under the IUCN Red List, and as Endangered under Queensland's Nature Conservation Act 1992.[3]


  1. ^ "Anomalopus mackayi ". The Reptile Database.
  2. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Anomalopus mackayi, pp. 164-165).
  3. ^ Australasian Reptile & Amphibian Specialist Group (1996). "Anomalopus mackayi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2006. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 10 April 2007.  Database entry includes a range map and justification for why this species is of least concern.

Further reading[edit]

  • Cogger H. (2000). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, Sixth Edition.
  • Greer AE, Cogger HG. (1985). Systematics of the reduce-limbed and limbless skinks currently assigned to the genus Anomalopus (Lacertilia: Scincidae). Records of the Australian Museum 37 (1): 11-54. (Anomalopus mackayi, new species).
  • Groombridge B (editor). 1994. 1994 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. Gland, Switzerland: International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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