AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS AND INFORMATION
Covering Australian Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles
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ROBUST STRIPED SKINK
or Eastern Striped Skink)
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
NSW, ACT, , NT, Qld, SA, Vic, WA
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!
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.
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.
The above specimen is from Brisbane, Qld.
Note that Ctenotus arcanus found in South-east Qld also looks very similar to the photos above!