The Jurien Bay Skink is a slender, flat-headed, medium-sized skink with a long tail. The subspecies’ upper surface is brown, while a black laterodorsal stripe is usually present and enclosing a series of pale spots and bordered below by pale grey dorsolateral stripe.The Jurien Bay Skink has a bright orange ventral surface (except the throat), and a suffusion of orange on the upper and lower labials (lips), auricular lobules (ears), loreals (scales on the side of the head) temporals, side of neck and many pale spots on the back. The orbit is black contrasting with the creamy white edge of eyelids. The sides of the Jurien Bay Skink are grey and densely flecked with black or, rarely, white. The Jurien Bay Skink grows to 30 cm in length. Midbody scales are dorsal and lateral with two to four keels and 33–38 rows. The lamellae (disk) are smooth and subdigital, while the fourth toe is 23–28 proximally divided. The snout-vent length (SVL) is 54–104 mm, while the tail is up to 218% of SVL, which is 25% longer than the mainland subspecies Egernia pulchra pulchra. Sexes are similar and the orange coloration is not a breeding characteristic.
Jurien Bay Skink |
Liopholis pulchra longicauda
Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Egernia pulchra longicauda
Given that it only occupies small; low lying islands; the Jurien Bay Skink could also be threatened by rising sea levels as a result of climate change.
Australian Government, Listing Advice, Egernia pulchra longicauda
Given that it only occupies small; low lying islands; the Jurien Bay Skink could be threatened by rising sea levels as a result of climate change. 9.