Liopholis slateri virgata (Storr, 1968:60)

Black-striped floodplains skink, Slater’s skink (species)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Egernia slateri virgata Storr, 1968:60 (basionym)


Conservation Status


Last record: June or July 1914



South Australia (northern), Australia


Biology & Ecology

"Ecology: desert, tall shrubland, terrestrial, burrowing, diurnal; viviparous, arthropod-feeder."

(Cogger et al., 1983:160)



Pavey (2004) lists six specimens as being in museums collections: two in the Museum of Victoria and four in the South Australian Museum. Shea (2004) states that only two types exist, including MV D273. Additionally, he also states that a specimen in the Natural History Museum, London and mislabled as "Egernia whitii" (NHM ) is probably of this species.


Holotype: SAMA R602 (Cogger et al., 1983:160)

Type locality: "between Oodnadatta and the Everard Range, S.A." (Cogger et al., 1983:160)

Paratype: MV D273 (by implication) (Shea, 2004)


Other specimens:

1 specimen in the Museum of Victoria
NHM (mislabled as "Egernia whitii")
Three non-type specimens in the South Australian Museum







Original scientific description:

Storr, G. M. (1968). Revision of the Egernia whitei species-group (Lacerita : Scincidae). Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 51(2): 51-62.


Other references:

Cogger, Harold G., Cameron, Elizabeth E. and Cogger, Heather M. (1983). Scincidae, pp. 135-193. In: Zoological Catalogue of Australia. I. Amphibia and Reptilia. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. vi + 313 pp. [p. 160]

Horner, Paul. (1991). Skinks of the Northern Territory. In: Northern Territory Museum Handbook Series No. 2. Northern Territory Government Printing Office.

Pavey, C. (2004). Recovery plan for Slater’s Skink, Egernia slateri, 2005-2010. Northern Territory Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment, Darwin.

Shea, Glenn M. (2004). The Horn expedition (1894) to central Australia: new directions in Australian herpetology. Bonner zoologische Beitrage 52(3-4): 245-273.


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