Aprasia rostrata Parker, 1956

Exmouth worm-lizard, Ningaloo worm lizard, Monte Bello worm-lizard, Atomic worm-lizard, Hermite Island worm-lizard



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Aprasia rostratus Parker, 1956; Aprasia rostrata rostrata Parker, 1956; Abilenea rostrata Parker, 1956; Aprasia repens rostrata Parker, 1956; Aprasia fusca Storr, 1979; Aprasia rostrata fusca Storr, 1979; Abilenea fusca Storr, 1979


Conservation Status

Last Record: 17 August 1952 (Maryan et al. 2013:150)

Rediscovered in September 2006 (Maryan & Bush, 2007)

IUCN RedList status: Vulnerable



Montebello Islands (Hermite Island and Trimouille Island), Barrow Island, and the mainland, all Western Australia, Australia


Biology & Ecology







A photograph of this species can be seen here.



Original scientific description:

Parker, H. W. (1956). The lizard genus Aprasia; Its taxonomy and temperature correlated variation. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History), Zoology 3: 365-385.


Other references:

Aplin, K. P. and Smith, L. A. (2001). Checklist of the frogs and reptiles of Westem Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement No. 63: 51-74.

Australasian Reptile & Amphibian Specialist Group. (1996). Aprasia rostrata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. ( Downloaded on 22 August 2014.

Burbidge, A. A. (1971). The fauna and flora of the Monte Bello Islands. Western Australia Department of Fisheries and Fauna Report. 9:1-15. WA Department of Fisheries and Fauna.

Burbidge, A. A., J.D. Blyth, P.J. Fuller, P.G. Kendrick, F.J. Stanley, & L.A. Smith (2000). CALMScience. 3(2):95-107.

Cogger, Hal G., Cameron, Elizabeth E., Sadlier, Ross A. and Eggler, Peter. (1993). The Action Plan for Australian Reptiles. Canberra: Australian Nature Conservation Agency. [pp. 50-52]

Cogger, Hal G. (2000). Reptiles & Amphibians of Australia (Sixth Edition). New Holland Publishers, Sydney.

Department of the Environment. (2015). Aprasia rostrata in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:40:09 +1100.

DEWHA. (2008). Approved Conservation Advice for Aprasia rostrata rostrata (Hermite Island Wormlizard), Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Commonwealth Government of Australia.

Ehmann, Harold. (1992). Encyclopedia of Australian Animals: Reptiles. Angus & Robertson, Pymble, NSW, 495 pp.

Hill, F.L. (1955). Notes on the natural history of the Monte Bello Islands. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London. 165 (2):113-124.

Maryan, Brad and Bush, Brian. (2007). Rediscovery of Aprasia rostratus on the Montebello Islands, Western Australia. The Western Australian Naturalist 25(4): 247-251.

Maryan, Brad, Bush, Brian and Adams, Mark. (2013). Morphological and molecular assessment of Aprasia fusca and A. rostrata (Squamata: Pygopodidae), with a description of a new species from the Lake MacLeod region, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 28(2): 144-163.

Storr, G. M. (1974). Five new lizards from Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 8: 134-142.

Storr, G. M., Smith, L. A. and Johnstone, R. E. (1990). Lizards of Western Australia. III. Geckos and Pygopods. Perth: Western Australian Museum.

Wells, R. W. (2007). Some taxonomic and nomenclatural considerations on the class Reptilia. A review of species in the genus Aprasia GRAY 1839 (Aprasiaidae) including the description of a new genus. Australian Biodiversity Record 6: 1-17.

Wilson, S. K. and Knowles, D. G. (1988). Australia's Reptiles: A Photographic Reference to the Terrestrial Reptiles of Australia. Australia: Collins Publishers.


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