No common name

Menetia greyii

SUBFAMILY

Lygosominae

TAXONOMY

Menetia greyii Gray, 1845, Australia.

OTHER COMMON NAMES None known.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

These tiny bronze-brown to gray-brown skinks have narrow, broken, dark lines from the neck to the base of the tail. The limbs are short, with four toes on the forelimbs and five toes on the hind limbs.

DISTRIBUTION

The species occurs through most of Australia. HABITAT

These skinks are versatile, occurring in a wide range of habitats, including sandy spinifex deserts, shrub acacia woodland, mallee, dry sclerophyll forests, and temperate and tropical woodlands. They are largely absent from rainforest.

BEHAVIOR

These tiny diurnal lizards are denizens of leaf litter.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

These skinks prey on small termites, spiders, and hemipterans.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Males have an orange throat and yellow venter during the breeding season. Both sexes mature during their first year, and some live to breed again in their second year. Females can produce two clutches of one to three eggs per season. Neonates measure only 0.79 in (2 cm) and weigh only 0.004 oz (0.1 g).

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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