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ROBUST STRIPED SKINK
Ctenotus robustus
&
SPALDINGS SKINK
(or Straight-browed Ctenotus

or Eastern Striped Skink)
Ctenotus spaldingi

STATUS UNCERTAIN

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

The South Australian Museum no longer recognises Ctenotus robustus as occurring in South Australia

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  

NSW, ACT, , NT, Qld, SA, Vic, WA
(Distribution uncertain)

Robust striped Skink - Ctenotus robustus - map - Reptiles of Australia
APPROXIMATE 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
The Robust Striped Skink photographed at the Pinnacle Nature Reserve ACT.

Skinks in the Ctenotus genus are commonly called 'comb-eared skinks' because of the row of small scales on the front edge of their ears, clearly visible in the photo above.

Robust striped Skink - Ctenotus robustus
The Robust Striped Skink is a very common and widespread species often found under rocks where it digs a burrow. 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

The Reptile Database - Ctenotus robustus

The Reptile Database - Ctenotus spaldingi

Eastern Striped Skink - BioLib.cz

Click here for a complete list of Australian Skinks

Click here for a complete list of Skinks found in South Australia

Click here for a complete list of Skinks found in the ACT

Click here for more information about Australian Skinks

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Updated February 26, 2019

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