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Threatened species

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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: Lerista xanthura
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 25 Jun 2004
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


A pale pinkish-buff skink with a bright yellow tail. The species is elongate and both the forelimbs and hindlimbs are reduced and bear only four-digits. Individuals reach a total length of approximately 90 mm.


In NSW, the species is known from two disjunct populations. One population occurs between Tarawi Nature Reserve, Ivanhoe and Broken Hill, and the other in the north-west corner of the state. Since the 1970s, it has only been recorded from Kinchega, Sturt and Mutawintji National Parks, Tarawi Nature Reserve, and one record from Broken Hill.

Habitat and ecology

  • Occurs in a variety of semi-arid and arid habitats.
  • Occurs on grassed alluvial sands and sand dunes, including dry open woodlands and spinifex-dominated red sand plains. The species is fossorial and usually found in loose soil or sand beneath stones, logs and other surface debris.
  • Animals are diurnal and feed 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
Channel CountryCore Ranges Predicted None
Channel CountrySturt Stony Desert Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsGreat Darling Anabranch Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsMenindee Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsPooncarie-Darling Predicted None
Murray Darling DepressionDarling Depression Known None
Murray Darling DepressionSouth Olary Plain Known None
Other StateSA Known None
Simpson Strzelecki DunefieldsStrzelecki Desert Known None