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Wedgesnout Ctenotus - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Ctenotus brooksi
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 25 Jun 2004
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


A skink that reaches a total length of 10-12 cm. The species is fawn to reddish-bronze or crimson above, with stripes and variegations that vary between individuals. Some bear a narrow, pale-edged black vertebral stripe from the nape to the tail.


In NSW, the species is known from few records, all from Sturt and Paroo-Darling National Parks. It is likely that the Wedgesnout Ctenotus also occurs in similar habitat adjacent to these reserves.

Habitat and ecology

  • Occurs in arid and semi-arid habitats and may be highly specialised, as it has only be recorded from large unconsolidated sand dunes and not from the low consolidated red sand ridges.
  • Prefers areas of loose sand interspersed with vegetation on and near the crests of dunes and in NSW it is probably restricted to habitats containing spinifex or other clumping grassland communities.
  • Is diurnal and feeds on a variety of small invertebrates.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Predicted None
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Outwash Predicted None
Broken Hill ComplexMootwingee Downs Predicted None
Broken Hill ComplexScopes Range Predicted None
Channel CountryBulloo Predicted None
Channel CountryBulloo Dunefields Predicted None
Channel CountryCentral Depression Known None
Channel CountryCore Ranges Predicted None
Channel CountrySturt Stony Desert Known None
Mulga LandsCuttaburra-Paroo Predicted None
Mulga LandsParoo Overflow Predicted None
Mulga LandsParoo-Darling Sands Predicted None
Mulga LandsUrisino Sandplains Predicted None
Mulga LandsWhite Cliffs Plateau Predicted None
Murray Darling DepressionSouth Olary Plain Known None
Other StateQLD Known None
Other StateSA Known None
Simpson Strzelecki DunefieldsStrzelecki Desert Known None