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Legless LizardAprasia parapulchella  

1 Pink-tailed Worm-lizard at Wandiyali-Environa Conservation Area

Aprasia parapulchella at Wandiyali-Environa Conservation Area - 22 Dec 2016

Identification history

Legless Lizard Aprasia parapulchella 23 Oct 2017 MichaelMulvaney
Legless Lizard Aprasia parapulchella 27 Aug 2017 Wandiyali

Significant sighting

  23 Oct 2017

New location for this threatened Lizard

Author's notes

Fresh skin shed, rocky hillside, Box Gum Grassy Woodland.


WillO wrote:
   27 Aug 2017
My comment for this skin slough is the same as for the other one - i agree it is an Aprasia parapulchella but see my comment (below).
"Excellent close up photos.This certainly looks like an Aprasia skin slough. However you have to be very careful with sloughed skin as there are several local species of legless lizard that shed their skin in this way (in particular Delma inornata and Delma impar). When doing field work, as a reference I keep a known Aprasia parapulchella skin in a container with that of the skin of a juvenile Delma impar. They can look very similar until you look at head shields . The lack of a parietal scale and lack of an external ear opening in Aprasia are easy features to check for if the slough has the head region intact. Mid body scale counts do not help as they overlap in number with the other two species. Having said that this looks like a typical skin slough from an Aprasia especially given that the ant burrow that it lives in is also featured in the photo. The location is within an area where the species has been found in quite a lot of surveys."
   28 Aug 2017
Carolyn - if you kept the PTWL skin slough I will pick it up on the 7th for definite confirmation

Thanks Michael
   23 Oct 2017
Rod Peitsch from NSW OEH was present during survey and has confirmed identity of skin

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Location information

Species information

  • Sensitive
  • Very Rare / Threatened
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 22 Dec 2016 8:21 AM Recorded on
  • Wandiyali Recorded by
  • Website Reported via
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