Lancelin Island Skink  |  

Ctenotus lancelini

Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list

A reptile similar to Ctenotus labillardieri but is larger (growing to 8 cm) with paler brown back colour, speckled back, and yellow legs spotted and streaked with blackish-brown. Until recently, thought only to occur on Lancelin I., a 7.6 ha Nature Reserve 700 m off the WA coast near the town of Lancelin, approximately 100 km north of Perth. In 1993-5, searches of several nearby mainland areas found a single specimen in a Lancelin foreshore reserve directly opposite the island. Subsequent searches and trapping at this site have failed to locate any further specimens.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Ctenotus lancelini

    The main potential threats to the Lancelin Island Skink include possible predation by seabirds and increases in exotic grasses leading to a potential fire hazard for the population (Cogger et al.; 1993).