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Anomalopus mackayi, the Long-Legged Worm Skink or Five-Clawed Worm Skink is a smooth-scaled burrowing skink found in eastern Australia. It generally burrows in areas with black soil and few trees. It generally grows to the size of about 10 cm. It is similar to Anomalopus leuckartii but with a distinctly didactyle (having two digits) hindlimb, a central dark spot within each individual scale and is yellow-green below with darker flecks (Cogger 2000). Females of the species give birth to live young.

Conservation statusEdit

It is listed as Vulnerable under the IUCN Red List, and as Endangered under Queensland's Nature Conservation Act 1992.

References Edit

  • Template:IUCN2006 Database entry includes a range map and justification for why this species is of least concern
  • Cogger, H. (2000). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia - 6th edn.
  • Greer, A.E. & H.G. Cogger (1985). Systematics of the reduced-limbed and limbless skinks currently assigned to the genus Anomalopus (Lacertilia: Scincidae) in Records of the Australian Museum 37 (1):11-54.
  • Groombridge, B. (ed.) 1994. 1994 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.

External linksEdit


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