Austroablepharus barrylyoni (Couper, Limpus, McDonald & Amey, 2010)

Lyons grassland striped skink, Lyon's soil-crevice skink, Lyon's snake-eyed skink 



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Proablepharus barrylyoni Couper, Limpus, McDonald & Amey, 2010 (protonym)


Conservation Status

Last record: August-September 1981 (Couper et al., 2010:63)

Rediscovered in April 2023 (source)



Mt Surprise area, Queensland, Australia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Couper, P.J.; Limpus, C.J.; McDonald, K.R. & Amey, A.P. 2010. A new species of Proablepharus (Scincidae: Lygosominae) from Mt Surprise, north-eastern Queensland, Australia. Zootaxa 2433: 62-68.


Other references:

Chapple, D., Tingley, R., Mitchell, N., Macdonald, S., Keogh, J. S., Cox, N., Bowles, P., Shea, G., & Woinarski, J. (2019). The action plan for Australian lizards and snakes 2017. CSIRO Publishing.

Cogger, Hal G. (2014). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.

Couper, Patrick J., Hoskin, Conrad J., Potter, Sally, Braggand, Jason G. and Moritz, Craig. (2018). A New Genus to Accommodate Three Skinks Currently Assigned to Proablepharus (Lacertilia: Scincidae). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 60: 227-231.

Department of the Environment. (2023). Austroablepharus barrylyoni in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Sat, 11 Nov 2023 17:21:15 +1100.

Garnett, Stephen T., Hayward-Brown, Brittany K. et al. (2022). Australia's most imperilled vertebrates. Biological Conservation 270: 109561.

Geyle, Hayley M. et al. (2021). Reptiles on the brink: identifying the Australian terrestrial snake and lizard species most at risk of extinction. Pacific Conservation Biology 27: 3-12.

Low, Tim and Booth, Carol. (2023). GONE: Australian animals extinct since the 1960s. Invasive Species Council Inc.

Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions.

Wilson, S. and Swan, G. (2010). A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland. 558 pp.


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