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Recovery plan for Slater's skink, Egernia slateri. 2005 - 2010



Recovery plan for Slater's skink, Egernia slateri. 2005 - 2010


Pavey, Christopher R; Northern Territory. Department of Infrastructure, Planning And Environment; Natural Heritage Trust (Australia)


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Abbreviations -- Summary -- Introduction and general requirments -- Distribution and habitat -- Known and potential threats -- Recovery objectives and criteria -- Recovery actions -- References.




Skinks -- Northern Territory; Reptiles -- Conservation -- Northern Territory; Rare Reptiles -- Australia, Central; Endangered species -- Australia -- Management; Endangered Species -- Australia, Central

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Dept. of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment

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Alice Springs


22 pages : map ; 30 cm.

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8 Introduction and General Requirements Species Description Slaters Skink (Egernia slateri: Scincidae), also known as Floodplain Skink, is a medium-sized, smooth bodied lizard with an average snout-vent length of 85 mm (Horner 1992). Some large individuals grow up to 97 mm. It has a short snout and large head. The upperbody is light to medium brown with each dorsal scale having a black edge. In combination these scales form a series of conspicuous black longitudinal striations on the back and onto the base of the tail. The flanks may be salmon-pink and the underbody is cream to greyish-blue. The tail is over 50% longer than the snout-vent length. Conservation Status The NT subspecies of Slaters Skink, Egernia slateri slateri, is listed as Endangered under the EPBC Act. The status of Endangered is also assigned to it under section 29 of the Territory Parks and Wildlife Act 2000. Although this subspecies is recorded from the Bungle Bungle massif, WA (Woinarski 1992), it is not listed under any schedules of the Wildlife Conservation (Specially Protected Fauna) Notice 1999 of the WA Wildlife Conservation Act 1950. Further, the taxonomic status of specimens from WA identified as this species has recently been questioned (Aplin and Smith 2001). The South Australian subspecies, Egernia slateri virgata, is not listed under the EPBC Act. However, it is considered Endangered under schedule 7 of the South Australian National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972. International Obligations Slaters Skink is not listed in any of the Appendices of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) or other international treaties. As a consequence, implementation of Australias responsibilities under various international treaties is not affected by this plan. Affected Interests Slaters Skink is at present known from three conservation reserves managed by the NT government, two Aboriginal-owned pastoral leases (Tempe Downs Station, Loves Creek Station) managed by the CLC, and Aboriginal land managed by the Tjuwampa Outstation Resource Centre. Previous sites of occurrence include Territory and Commonwealth land. Work described in this plan will be carried out mostly on conservation reserves, and Aboriginal land. All affected interests will be involved in the implementation of this plan to some degree. State/Territory government agencies, particularly DIPE, will be involved