THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS, DISTRIBUTION MAPS AND INFORMATION
Covering Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles, including Colubrid snakes, Pythons, Elapids (called Cobras or Coral Snakes in some countries), Sea Snakes, File Snakes, Blind (or Worm) Snakes, Sea Turtles, Freshwater Turtles (or Tortoises) Dragon Lizards (Agamas), Gecko's, Legless Lizards, Monitor Lizards (often called Goanna's in Australia), Skinks and Crocodilia.

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ROBUST STRIPED SKINK
or Eastern Striped Skink

Ctenotus robustus

&
SPALDINGS SKINK
(or Straight-browed Ctenotus)

Ctenotus spaldingi

STATUS UNCERTAIN

Note that skinks previously known as Ctenotus borealis are now considered to be Ctenotus robustus.

Some authors do not accept the recent name changes. It is possible that at some stage in the future the name Ctenotus josephinae may be be used for some skinks in this complex


Robust striped Skink - Ctenotus robustus  

Robust striped Skink - Ctenotus robustus - map - Reptiles of Australia
APROXIMATE DISTRIBUTION ONLY
Note that this WAS the distribution map for Ctenotus robustus

Note that the holotype of Ctenotus robustus is from a locality where only Ctenotus inornatus are found

DNA testing has shown that specimens from NSW, Victoria or Southern Qld as well as SA are actually Ctenotus spaldingi which would make all the photos on this page Ctenotus spaldingi. Another name for Ctenotus spaldingi is the Straight-browed Ctenotus however that common name may no longer remain in use!

Robust striped Skink - Ctenotus robustus
A very common and widespread species often found under rocks. Extremely fast runner in warm weather.


Robust striped Skink - Ctenotus robustus


Robust striped Skink - Ctenotus robustus
The above specimen is from Brisbane, Qld.

Note that Ctenotus arcanus found in South-east Qld also looks very similar to the photos above!

LINKS OF INTEREST

Changes from the WA Checklist 2014 (updated April 2015)

The Reptile Database - Ctenotus robustus

The Reptile Database - Ctenotus spaldingi

Eastern Striped Skink - BioLib.cz

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