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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Infraorder: Scincomorpha
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Notoscincus
Fuhn, 1969[1]

Notoscincus is a genus of skinks. They are commonly known as soil-crevice skinks or snake-eyed skinks.

Geographic range[edit]

The lined soil-crevice skink (N. butleri) is found only in arid northwest Western Australia. The ornate soil-crevice skink (N. ornatus) is known to be found from the far north of Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland, to South Australia. The subspecies N. ornatus wotjulum is found in the tropical north coast and hinterland, whereas the subspecies N. ornatus ornatus is generally not. Greer (1989) and Horner (1991) considered the two to be separate species.


Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Notoscincus.


The specific name, butleri, is in honor of Australian Naturalist William Henry "Harry" Butler.[2]


  1. ^ "Notoscincus ". Dahms Tierleben.
  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. (Notoscincus butleri, p. 44).

Further reading[edit]

  • Fuhn IE (1969). "Revision and redefinition of the genus Ablepharus Lichtenstein, 1823 (Reptilia, Scincidae)". Revue Roumaine de Biologie, Zoologie 14: 23-41. (Notoscincus, new genus).

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