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Lerista nevinae

Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list

It is a small fossorial or semi-fossorial skink, restricted to pale coastal sands, dune habitat vegetated with Acacia spp and low shrubs over spinifex. The top of its head is heavily pigmented with blackish-brown, it has a prominent continuous paravertebral stripe, a solid upper lateral stripe, the back is almost white, flanks and belly are immaculate white, the tail is yellowish, and the upper surfaces of limbs are spotted and streaked dark brown.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Lerista nevinae

    Human activity; Land development; clearing; vehicles; stochastic events; cyclones; climate change; sea level rise; and fragmentation causing discontinuous habitat.
    Climate change is a potential threat to the species.
    The potential for sea level rise as a result of global warming proposes a direct threat to this species in the future as the species is only know to occur in the near coast sand dunes in the Cape Lambert areas and these dunes could be submerged or become isolated from others areas.
    Mining Human recreation; such as 4×4 vehicles on sand dunes Climate change; sea level rise Stochastic events; cyclones Fragmentation Areas of continuous habitat are required Identify and explain why additional biological characteristics particular to the species are threatening to its survival (e.g. low genetic diversity).