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Eugongylus cf. rufescens

 
 
 





 

These images illustrate a species of the genus Eugongylus, probably Eugongylus rufescens. English names include Brown Sheen Skink or Bar-lipped Sheen Skink.

The skink was found crossing a gravel track at dusk in the Gobe area of Southern Highlands Province, at an elevation of less than 1000 metres. The species is reportedly nocturnal.

This large skink measured 26cm in total length, comprising 11 cm snout-to-vent, and a tail of 15 cm. Its flexible body and long, thick tail moved in a sinuous, snake-like motion when trying to flee from disturbance.

Its body is medium to dark brown with faint, thin, regular transverse banding. The scales are smooth, and iridescent under bright light.  The upper and lower lips are adorned with a series of vertical dark bands.

The species is known to feed upon large insects, such as crickets, and other invertebrates, and is also recorded as taking other smaller lizards including other skinks.

Eugongylus rufescens occurs in Queensland, Australia and may be widespread in Papua New Guinea, occurring in various forest types.