White's skink

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from White's Skink)
Jump to: navigation, search
White's skink
White's Skink, Freycinet peninsula, cropped.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Egernia
Species: E. whitii
Binomial name
Egernia whitii
(Lacépède, 1804)
Liopholis whitii distribution.png
Synonyms[1]

White's skink (Egernia whitii ) is a species of skink in the family Scincidae. The species is endemic to Australia.

Etymology[edit]

The specific name, whitii, and the common name, White's skink, are both in honour of Irish surgeon and naturalist John White.[2]

Geographic range[edit]

E. whitii is found in south-eastern Australia, including Tasmania and many Bass Strait islands.

Description[edit]

White's skink is slow-growing, to a maximum snout-to-vent length (SVL) of about 90 mm (3.5 in), and may take four years to reach maturity.

Reproduction[edit]

E. whitii gives birth to live young.

Taxonomy[edit]

E. whitii is highly variable and may be a complex of closely related species[3][4]

Habitat[edit]

White's skink prefers dry habitats, usually on steep hills.

Behaviour[edit]

E. whitii lives in families of up to seven in many-chambered tunnels with two exits to provide alternate escape routes. The main entrance usually faces west.

Subspecies[edit]

Two subspecies are recognized as being valid, including the nominotypical subspecies.[1]

Nota bene: A trinomial authority in parentheses indicates that the subspecies was originally described in a genus other than Egernia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Liopholis whitii ". The Reptile Database. www.reptile-database.org.
  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. (Egernia whitii, p. 284).
  3. ^ Wildlife of Tasmania – White’s Skink
  4. ^ Cogger HG (1979). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia. Reed: Sydney. ISBN 0-589-50108-9.

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA (1887). Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Second Edition. Volume III ... Scincidae ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xii + 575 pp. + Plates I-XL. (Egernia whitii, pp. 135-136).
  • Lacépède (1804). "Mémoire sur plusieurs animaux de la Nouvelle-Hollande dont la description n'a pas encore été publiée ". Annales du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris 4: 184-211. (Scincus whitii, new species, p. 209). (in French).