Bougainville's skink

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South-eastern Slider (Lerista bougainvilii) (9250941591).jpg
Bougainville's skink
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Lerista
Species: L. bougainvillii
Binomial name
Lerista bougainvillii
(Gray, 1839)
Synonyms

Bougainville's skink (Lerista bougainvillii) is a species of skink in the Scincidae family.[2] This species is also commonly called the south-eastern slider.[1][3]

Etymology[edit]

Both the specific name, bougainvillii, and the common name, Bougainville's skink, are in honor of French naval officer Hyacinthe de Bougainville.[3]

Geographic range[edit]

L. bougainvillii is found in south-eastern Australia, including north-eastern Tasmania and many Bass Strait islands.[2]

Description[edit]

Bougainville's skink has very reduced limbs and moves in a snake-like manner.[2]

Habitat[edit]

L. bougainvillii is seldom seen as much of its life is spent beneath leaf-litter, loose sand, and thin stone slabs.[2][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  2. ^ a b c d Cogger HG. 1979. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. Sydney: Reed. 608 pp. ISBN 0-589-50108-9.
  3. ^ a b 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. (Lerista bougainvillii, p. 33).
  4. ^ Wildlife of Tasmania – Bougainville’s Skink

Further reading[edit]

  • Gray JE. 1839. Catalogue of the Slender-tongued Saurians, with Descriptions of many New Genera and Species. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. [Series 1] 2: 331-337. ("Riopa Brougainvillii [sic]", new species, p. 332).
  • Greer AE. 1967. A new generic arrangement for some Australian scincid lizards. Breviora 267: 1-19. (Lerista bougainvillii, new combination).