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Eulamprus heatwolei

Yellow-bellied Water-skink at Broulee Island Nature Reserve

Eulamprus heatwolei at Broulee Island Nature Reserve - 20 Jan 2019
Eulamprus heatwolei at Broulee Island Nature Reserve - 20 Jan 2019
Eulamprus heatwolei at Broulee Island Nature Reserve - 20 Jan 2019
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Identification history

Eulamprus heatwolei 5 May 2019 PatrickCampbell
Eulamprus heatwolei 20 Feb 2019 PatrickCampbell
Eulamprus quoyii 20 Jan 2019 CBrandis
Unidentified 20 Jan 2019 HelenR

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Significant sighting

Stewart noted:
6 May 2019

This is the first observation of a water skink (Eulamprus sp.) on Broulee Island on Atlas of Living Australia, although there's a few records of E. heatwolei nearby.

Author's notes

Water skink on rocks off Broulee Island, ? type, ? Eulamprus heatwolei

8 comments

   21 Feb 2019
I reckon this looks more like E. heatwolei due to the absence of an extended pale, dosolateral stripe (typical of E.quoyii) and strong yellow colouration on limb undersides. Also the sides of the head with the pale markings and dark anterior margin to tympanum all suggest E.heatwolei.
CBrandis wrote:
   21 Feb 2019
The heatwolei is suppose to have heavily spotted head and numerous blackish flecks on the back and usually found in the higher parts of the ranges while the Eastern is mostly found on the lower coastal areas. Cheers
   22 Feb 2019
We might have to get a third opinion on this one. @Charles
   22 Feb 2019
Hi Patrick and Chris Interesting, A higher resolution image would help but I have attached another pic for you to compare the different species alongside the sighting, both do display a little yellow on the feet, the display of dots and colouring can vary. Location can be a guide as well. See what you think of the comparisons.
   22 Feb 2019
Thanks for your input Charles. I agree that the density and extent of dark spotting can vary quite a bit with these water skinks.
I've had another good look at this and the more I look, the more I'm leaning towards E. heatwolei in this case, despite the apparent lack of the usual heavy spotting on the dorsum. Primary reasons being the lack of a pale, anterior dorsolateral stripe, typical of E.quoyii (and this feature rarely if ever fails imo); the strong yellow colouration on the underside of the forelimbs especially; the strong black on the temporal region and pale streaks within it; the dark anterior margin to the tympanum and the relatively fine snout, all suggest E. heatwolei to me.

The nearest record on Atlas of Life is the relatively nearby Waldrons Swamp, which is a E. heatwolei specimen lodged with the Australian Museum Herpetology Collection, identified by Gerry Swan
https://biocache.ala.org.au/occurrences/5ac8b7ea-9403-478c-99b0-0dcf0d76903b

Chris, you're right that E. heatwolei are usually found in the higher parts of the ranges, however they are quite often found on or near the coast, especially towards the southern parts of their range (including the south coast).
HelenR wrote:
   5 May 2019
Thank you for all the information and discussion about this skink's identity. E.heatwolei it is. Helen
   6 May 2019
My pleasure (for my part) Helen. This is the first observation of a water skink (Eulamprus sp.) on Broulee Island on Atlas of Living Australia, although there's a few records of E. heatwolei nearby.
Gaia wrote:
   19 Sep 2019
Yes, E. heatwolei. I have found E. quoyii and E. heatwolei sympatric in just two locations (near Barren Grounds and wet of Batemans Bay). E. quoyii is replaced by E. heatwolei on the coast south roughly south of Batemans Bay. So there is a broad area here the 2 may be sympatric. Many of the records on ALA of quoyii would date back to when it was not separated from heatwolei .

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Westringia fruticosa (Native Rosemary) at Broulee Island Nature Reserve - 29 Sep 2020 by MattFox
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Heterodontus portusjacksoni (Port Jackson Shark) at Broulee Island Nature Reserve - 28 Mar 2020 by HelenR
Aplysia argus (Spotted Seahare) at Broulee Island Nature Reserve - 22 Feb 2020 by HelenR
Rostanga arbutus (Rostanga arbutus) at Broulee Island Nature Reserve - 30 Sep 2019 by HelenR
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  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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