Eastern Spotted Ctenotus
On the Move
Eastern Desert Ctenotus
S3, dorsal
Eastern Spotted Ctenotus (Ctenotus orientalis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Reptiles (Reptilia)
Order: Scaled Reptiles (Squamata)
Family: Skink (Scincidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Eastern Spotted Ctenotus (Ctenotus orientalis)
This Photo:     Oops

Thank you Dr Mark Hutchinson & Stephen Mahony for confirming the id of this species for us

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
This fellow was investigating a hole in the ground.
We were intrigued because we knew there was a large spider down there.
Soon after this shot he was out of there in a flash never to be seen again

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Extremely fast. Very hard to see, let alone photograph.
The name "orientalis" doesn't refer to Asia as is commonly thought, but "of the East" as in "Eastern".

Similar Species: Eastern Desert Ctenotus (Ctenotus regius)

Copyright © 2012-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 15-Oct-2012
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)