Have you seen a White's Skink?

Whites SkinkWhites SkinkWhite’s Skink (Liopholis whitii), also known as White’s Rock Skink, is a widespread species in south-eastern Australia but populations in Metropolitan Melbourne are known to be in decline with only remnant populations remaining.

One of the problems that can result from populations being isolated is reduced gene flow and increased levels of inbreeding. This can have serious implications for the long-term viability of remnant populations and their ability to withstand the pressures caused by urbanisation.

La Trobe University honours student, Stacey Phillips, is looking at the genetic differentiation in remnant populations of White’s Skink and the capacity for individuals to disperse among these populations.

White’s Skink have been recorded in nearby reserves and we are keen to know whether they are within the Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary as well!

Stacey Phillips White's Skink Honours PosterHow can you help?

If you think you have seen a White’s Skink within the Wildlife Sanctuary:

  1. Snap a photo
  2. Send the photo to wildlife@latrobe.edu.au and let us know where you saw it (we may get in touch with you to find out more specific location details)
  3. Upload your sighting to iNaturalist (it is records on this platform that have allowed researchers to identify where remnant populations occur!)

All skinks pictured are handled under Permit No.10010590