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Pale-lipped shadeskink

Saproscincus spectabilis


The Pale-lipped shadeskink or gully skink is a small skink in the genus Saproscincus. Saproscincus means 'rotten skink', in reference to their use of decaying leaf-litter as a microhabitat.


Lamington Range National Park. Spotted near the Lower Ballanjui Falls and flooded gums. The park comprises Australia's largest remnant sub-tropical rainforest.


Snout-to-vent length 6 cm in average. Oviparous. Found in Northern NSW and Southern Queensland. Third picture is of a second specimen.


DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks for your input Scott and Stephen! Searching further I think it could be what is referred to in the specialized literature as mite pocket structures (acarodomatia). These infestations seem generally confined to the forelimb axillary regions.

StephenSolomons 7 years ago

ticks often hide near the arm pits like that, great lizards!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

I noticed the orange bodies but I thought "ectoparasites" rather than something "of the skink". They don't really fit the texture of the skink...I've not found them though on any other images of other species...except a faint possibility here all the way down. Looking at the "pale-lips" though, I think yours looks more like spectabilis :-)

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks Shanna! Interesting question! I have 2 differenst specimen here and they are present behind the shoulder on both. I first thought these could be red scales which are shedding but looking close I wouldn't think so. Quickly searching for images of this species I found none with these but I do see these on another species of Saproscincus: Saproscincus challengeri:
So... do we have the right species? Is this maybe fungal or parasitic?

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

You're welcome, Daniele. Yes indeed ;-)

ShannaB 7 years ago

Cutie. I wonder what the orange things in the armpit are?

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks for the ID Scott. Unfortunate but appropriate name for the genus!

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Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Mar 26, 2013
Submitted on Apr 26, 2013

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