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SkinkLiopholis whitii

White's Skink

Common name: White’s Skink. SVL 95mm; Total length 250mm

White’s Skink is one of eleven Australian species in the genus Liopholis (previously Egernia). Liopholis is included in Egernia Group of skinks which also includes blue-tongues and other genera. Body shape of Liopholis is  squarish in cross-section. Two other skinks in this genus are found in the Canberra region. 

 

White’s Skink is the most common species throughout the region while the Snowy Mountains and Tan-back Skinks are restricted to small isolated populations. White’s Skink is a somewhat variable species and is sometimes referred to as a White’s Skink complex; suggesting that more research is required into its taxonomy.

 

According to the literature, White’s Skink always has a vertical white bar or spots surrounded by black above the forearm; this is considered diagnostic. Neither of the other species has this feature. 

 

White’s Skink (as does the Snowy Mountains Skink) often has a striped back with yellow markings along the outer stripes. They have similar yellow markings on the upper sides. However, at higher altitudes White's Skink may be striped or not on its back, without the yellow markings, and may be with or without yellow markings on its side. It may look like the Tan-back skink. Interestingly, White’s Skink in Tasmania does not have  the yellowing markings on its back. Remember Snowy and Tan-backed Skinks do not have the vertical yellow bars or markings above the forearm. 

Distribution: Common throughout region at higher elevation.

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Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Mar 2019 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Mar 2019 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 20 Mar 2019 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 13 Mar 2019 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 10 Feb 2019 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 20 Jan 2019 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Gibraltar Pines - 13 Jan 2019 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 6 Jan 2019 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 15 Dec 2018 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 5 Dec 2018 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 11 Nov 2018 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 12 Mar 2018 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 21 Feb 2018 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 11 Feb 2018 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 6 Feb 2018 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 2 Feb 2018 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 31 Jan 2018 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 3 Jan 2018 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 20 Nov 2017 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 24 Apr 2017 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 24 Apr 2017 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 24 Apr 2017 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 31 Mar 2017 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 20 Mar 2017 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 9 Mar 2017 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Kosciuszko National Park - 5 Mar 2017 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 21 Feb 2017 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 21 Feb 2017 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 19 Feb 2017 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 8 Jan 2017 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 9 Dec 2016 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 20 Nov 2016 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 9 Feb 2016 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 9 Feb 2016 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 21 Jan 2016 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 21 Jan 2016 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Nimmo, NSW - 12 Dec 2015 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 10 Nov 2015 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 25 Oct 2015 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 25 Oct 2015 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Anembo, NSW - 12 Sep 2013 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Winifred, NSW - 3 Mar 2010 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 6 Feb 2010 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Wyanbene, NSW - 7 Jan 2010 Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Kosciuszko National Park - 14 Jan 2001
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Mar 2019
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 23 Mar 2019
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 20 Mar 2019
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 13 Mar 2019
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 10 Feb 2019
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 20 Jan 2019
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Gibraltar Pines - 13 Jan 2019
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 6 Jan 2019
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 15 Dec 2018
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 5 Dec 2018
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 11 Nov 2018
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 12 Mar 2018
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 21 Feb 2018
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 11 Feb 2018
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 6 Feb 2018
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 2 Feb 2018
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 31 Jan 2018
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 3 Jan 2018
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 20 Nov 2017
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 24 Apr 2017
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 24 Apr 2017
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 24 Apr 2017
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 31 Mar 2017
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 20 Mar 2017
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 9 Mar 2017
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Kosciuszko National Park - 5 Mar 2017
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 21 Feb 2017
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 21 Feb 2017
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 19 Feb 2017
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 8 Jan 2017
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 9 Dec 2016
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 20 Nov 2016
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 9 Feb 2016
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 9 Feb 2016
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 21 Jan 2016
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 21 Jan 2016
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Nimmo, NSW - 12 Dec 2015
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 10 Nov 2015
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 25 Oct 2015
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Namadgi National Park - 25 Oct 2015
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Anembo, NSW - 12 Sep 2013
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Winifred, NSW - 3 Mar 2010
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 6 Feb 2010
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Wyanbene, NSW - 7 Jan 2010
Liopholis whitii (White's Skink) at Kosciuszko National Park - 14 Jan 2001

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