Eulamprus quoyii

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Eulamprus quoyii
Eulamprus quoyii-closeup.JPG
Facial detail of a Sydney individual
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Eulamprus
E. quoyii
Binomial name
Eulamprus quoyii
  • Scincus vittatus
    Quoy & Gaimard, 1824
    (not S. vittatus Olivier, 1804)
  • Lygosoma quoyii
    A.M.C. Duméril & Bibron, 1839
    (nomen novum)
  • Hinulia gastrosticta
    Günther, 1875
  • Sphenomorphus quoyi
    Barbour, 1914
  • Lygosoma (Sphenomorphus) quoyi
    M.A. Smith, 1937
  • Sphenomorphus quoyii
    Cogger, 1983
  • Eulamprus quoyii
    — Cogger, 1983

Eulamprus quoyii, commonly known as the eastern water skink, eastern water-skink, or golden water skink, is a species of diurnal skink, which is endemic to Australia, primarily in the southeast.


The specific name, quoyii, is in honor of French zoologist Jean René Constant Quoy.[2]


The eastern water skink is usually found close to or on the shore of slow flowing creeks and estuaries, hence its common names. However, the eastern water skink is not restricted to areas near freshwater, and is frequently found in somewhat dry environments, including sandstone outcroppings and savanna.

Geographic range[edit]

The distribution of the eastern water skink ranges from southern Victoria to central Queensland.


  1. ^ "Eulamprus quoyii ". The Reptile Database.
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore:Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Eulamprus quoyii, p. 214).

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA (1887). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History), Second Edition. Volume III. ... Scincidæ ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xii + 575 pp. + Plates I-XL. (Lygosoma quoyi, pp. 230–231).
  • Duméril AMC, Bibron G (1839). Erpétologie générale ou Histoire naturelle complète des Reptiles. Tome cinquième [= General Herpetology or Complete Natural History of the Reptiles. Volume 5]. Paris: Roret. viii + 854 pp. (Lygosoma quoyii, replacement name, pp. 728–730). (in French).

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