#Saproscincus

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This one goes out to the shade skink, #Saproscincus basiliscus — thanks for luring me into your world. #skinklyfe #tropicalwaterfall #farnorthqueensland #wooroonoorannationalpark #waterfalls #inpursuitofskinks #leftmyheartinthejungle #respectthenature (Thanks also to NSF, ARC, NGS, MVZ, IB, UCB...and all my mentors)
Basilisk shadeskink (Saproscincus basiliscus) from the Australian Wet Tropics. The Australian Wet Tropics represent one of the many rainforest remnants along Australia eastern coast. Their history of rainforest expansion and contraction, with the resulting allopatric clades, offers an ideal system for studying speciation and evolution. Within this genus for example, some species seem to have arose due to vicariance, while others due to divergent selection (see Moussali et al. 2005 in Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution). #saproscincusbasiliscus #saproscincus #basiliskshadeskink #shadeskink #scincidae #australianwettropics #wettropicsqld #speciation #rainforest #tropics #wildtropics #herping #herpetology #nikon #macro #wildlifephotography
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Lil saproscincus bebe found in the gold coast hinterlands..#saproscincus #skink #reptile #reptilesofinstagram #lizard #lizardsofinstagram #wildlife #coldblooded
Gotta love coming across forgotten gems when organising your photo catalogue. This is a Rose's Shadeskink (Saproscincus rosei) from when I was living in Maleny. I've always been fascinated by the eyes of reptiles and amphibians. In the genus Saproscincus, the number of scales in the row above the eyelid are one of the key identifying features between species. Macro photography can really make this process much easier!
Pat on the back for the first post in a couple of weeks! It's hard being too busy to go out looking for critters. Here's a bit of a friendship moment between a Green-eyed Tree Frog (Litoria serrata) and a Shadeskink (Saproscincus sp.) in Barron Gorge National Park.
Can you spot the differences between these two shade skink species? Apparently one of them has an extra scale. The tail gives them away too. Top: Saproscincus challengeri, bottom: Saproscincus rosei. They are pretty cute and can be found sleeping on leaves and twig Le of bushes in the rainforest at night time, off the ground and out of reach of predators. Don't worry if you can't spot the scale. I can't either haha.
Only described in 2005, the Eungella Shadeskink (Saproscincus eungellensis) is restricted to the rainforest above 700m altitude in the vicinity of Eungella NP. We came across this guy in 2009 whilst undertaking frog surveys in a remote area of the national park, sleeping in vegetation beside a creek. #saproscincus #skink #lizard #lizardsofinstagram #reptiles #wildlife #wildlifephotography #australianwildlife #rainforest #herpetology #herping #eungella
A pale-lipped shade skink (Saproscincus basiliscus) resting in the branches. At night you can find shade skinks sleeping on palm fronds and on leaves in low lying trees
A male Rose's Shadeskink (Saproscincus rosei) from a community of around 10 nesting in one corner of our backyard at the moment. . . . . . #rosesshadeskink #saproscincusrosei #saproscincus #skink #lizard #wildlifephotography #australianwildlife #macro #fauna #reptile
I was amazed by this skink's long, slender tail. It's beautiful! #skink #herping #bushregen #cumberlandplainwoodland #tail #coldblooded