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Lampropholis delicata

5 Delicate Skink at Belconnen, ACT

Lampropholis delicata at Belconnen, ACT - 23 Jan 2022
Lampropholis delicata at Belconnen, ACT - 23 Jan 2022
Lampropholis delicata at Belconnen, ACT - 23 Jan 2022
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Lampropholis delicata 23 Jan 2022 WillO
Lampropholis delicata 23 Jan 2022 Dora

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Mating? Seemed very violent. Think the female lost a hand..

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WillO wrote:
   23 Jan 2022
Interesting set of photographs - well done. It may well be mating behaviour - early spring breeding and then summer breeding has been observed in other areas. Here is is an abstract from a paper by JMP Joss and JA Minard published in 1985 in the Australian Journal of Zoology 33(5) 699 - 704
"The reproductive cycles of L. delicata and L. guichenoti were investigated in the Sydney region. It was found that L. delicata produces a single clutch of 2-4 eggs per year whereas L. guichenoti can produce two clutches of 2-4 eggs each in years of good rainfall. Males of both species have two periods of spermatogenic activity, providing mature sperm for a spring and a summer mating. Mating follows oviposition in late summer and the females store sperm for fertilizing the eggs ovulated the following spring."

From my observations of small skinks, it seems that during mating the male usually clasps the female by the side of the neck - not by a limb. The loss of the toes (if that is what happened) certainly would be an outcome from a very aggressive encounter. Is it possible that the foot had already lost its toes? (toes can be nibbled off lizards by invertebrates when the lizard is hibernating). Hopefully, other CNM users might have more to add on this topic.
Dora wrote:
   23 Jan 2022
Hi willO. I have a video but can’t upload it where I can see that he is gripping her very tightly just under her right arm. I think they must be mating. I didn’t see him bite off her foot but it seemed like something he might have done by mistake esp considering it is that side he is biting and the activity of the Union!. She definitely could have lost it some other way though, interesting about the dangers of hibernating.

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Hylaeus (Euprosopis) honestus (A hylaeine colletid bee) at Belconnen, ACT - 24 Jan 2022 by Dora
Lampropholis delicata (Delicate Skink) at Belconnen, ACT - 23 Jan 2022 by Dora
Lampropholis delicata (Delicate Skink) at Belconnen, ACT - 21 Jan 2022 by Dora
Austrosciapus sp. (genus) (Long-legged fly) at Belconnen, ACT - 18 Jan 2022 by Dora
Austrolestes leda (Wandering Ringtail) at Belconnen, ACT - 17 Jan 2022 by Dora
Chondropyga dorsalis (Cowboy beetle) at Belconnen, ACT - 12 Jan 2022 by Dora
Odontomyia sp. (genus) (Soldier fly) at Belconnen, ACT - 5 Jan 2022 by Dora
Hylaeus sp. (genus) (A masked bee) at Belconnen, ACT - 5 Jan 2022 by Dora
Pholodes sinistraria (Sinister or Frilled Bark Moth) at Belconnen, ACT - 23 Dec 2021 by Dora
Eristalinus punctulatus (Golden Native Drone Fly) at Belconnen, ACT - 23 Dec 2021 by Dora
Heteronympha merope (Common Brown) at Belconnen, ACT - 22 Dec 2021 by Dora
Tebenna micalis (Small Thistle Moth) at Belconnen, ACT - 16 Dec 2021 by Spectregram
Helpis minitabunda (Threatening jumping spider) at Belconnen, ACT - 7 Dec 2021 by Spectregram
Lamprima aurata (Golden stag beetle) at Belconnen, ACT - 30 Nov 2021 by Dora
Nassella neesiana (Chilean Needlegrass) at Belconnen, ACT - 11 Nov 2021 by jgiacon
Chrysididae (family) (Cuckoo wasp or Emerald wasp) at Belconnen, ACT - 29 Oct 2021 by Dora
Noctuidae (family) (A cutworm or owlet moth) at Belconnen, ACT - 15 Oct 2021 by Dora
Harmonia conformis (Common Spotted Ladybird) at Belconnen, ACT - 8 Oct 2021 by Dora
Barea codrella (A concealer moth) at Belconnen, ACT - 27 Sep 2021 by Dora
Coccinella transversalis (Transverse Ladybird) at Belconnen, ACT - 27 Sep 2021 by Dora
Hippodamia variegata (Spotted Amber Ladybird) at Belconnen, ACT - 18 Sep 2021 by Dora
Illeis galbula (Fungus-eating Ladybird) at Belconnen, ACT - 11 Sep 2021 by Dora

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  • 23 Jan 2022 11:50 AM Recorded on
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