Live specimen of Cyclodomorphus melanops melanops (Photo Credit: Linette Umbrello)

Spinifex slender bluetongue

Cyclodomorphus melanops melanops

This genus is closely related to the bluetongue lizards (genus Tiliqua), but have a more slender build. The species is widespread across arid zone Australia, but this subspecies, C. melanops melanops, is restricted to the Pilbara, Kimberley and central Australia.

Method of reproduction

Sexual

Habitat

Terrestrial

Commonly found in arid habitats with some low vegetation, especially around spinifex.

Distribution

Arid zone Australia

Taxonomy

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Saurina
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Cyclodomorphus
Species: melanops
Subspecies: melanops
Name Published Year: 1893
Rank: species
Scientific Name Authorship: Stirling & Zietz
Commercial Impact: 

None

Conservation Assessment: Least Concern

Net Conservation Benefits Fund

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