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Higher TaxaScincidae, Egerniinae (Tiliquini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
SubspeciesLiopholis slateri slateri (STORR 1968)
Liopholis slateri virgata (STORR 1968) 
Common NamesE: Centralian Floodplains Desert-skink, Slater’s Egernia 
SynonymEgernia slateri slateri STORR 1968
Egernia slateri — COGGER 1983: 160
Egernia slateri — COGGER 2000: 472
Egernia slateri — COUPER et al. 2006: 380
Liopholis slateri — GARDNER et al. 2008
Liopholis slateri — WILSON & SWAN 2013: 332

Liopholis slateri virgata (STORR 1968)
Egernia slateri virgata STORR 1968
Liopholis slateri virgata — WILSON & SWAN 2013: 330 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, South Australia)

slateri: S Northern Territory

virgata: N South Australia

Type locality: Alice Springs, in 23° 46’ S, 133° 53’ E, N. T.  
TypesHolotype: WAM R29130
Holotype: SAMA R602, from between Oodnadatta and the Everard Range, S. A. [virgata] 
CommentObligate burrowing.

Diet: a large percentage of the diet of this species (30-50%) consists of ants (Lucas et al. 2023). 
EtymologyNamed after Kenneth R. Slater (1923-1999), a zoologist and herpetologist. 
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  • Chapple, D. G., Hutchinson, M.N., Maryan, B., Plivelich M., Moore, J.A. and Keogh J.S. 2008. Evolution and maintenance of colour pattern polymorphism in Liopholis (Squamata : Scincidae). Australian Journal of Zoology 56: 103–115 - get paper here
  • CHAPPLE, DAVID G. and J. SCOTT KEOGH 2004. Parallel adaptive radiations in arid and temperate Australia: molecular phylogeography and systematics of the Egernia whitii (Lacertilia: Scincidae) species group. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 83: 157–173 - get paper here
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp. - get paper here
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Couper, P., Covacevich, J., Amey, A. & Baker, A. 2006. The genera of skinks (Family Scincidae) of Australia and its island territories: diversity, distribution and identification. in: Merrick, J.R., Archer, M., Hickey, G.M. & Lee, M.S.Y. (eds.). Evolution and Zoogeography of Australasian Vertebrates. Australian Scientific Publishing, Sydney, pp. 367-384
  • Gardner, M. G., Hugall, A. F., Donnellan, S. C., Hutchinson, M. N., and Foster, R. 2008. Molecular systematics of social skinks: phylogeny and taxonomy of the Egernia group (Reptilia: Scincidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 154 (4): 781-794 - get paper here
  • Lucas B Q Cavalcanti, Gabriel C Costa, Guarino R Colli, Eric R Pianka, Laurie J Vitt, Daniel O Mesquita, 2023. Myrmecophagy in lizards: evolutionary and ecological implications. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2023;, zlad175, - get paper here
  • Pavey, Chris R.; Chris J. Burwell, and Catherine E. M. Nano 2010. Foraging Ecology and Habitat Use of Slater's Skink (Egernia slateri): An Endangered Australian Desert Lizard. Journal of Herpetology 44 (4): 563–571 - get paper here
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  • Storr, G. M. 1968. Revision of the Egernia whitei species-group (Lacertilia: Scincidae). J. R. Soc. West. Aust. 51: 51-62
  • Treilibs, C. E.; C. R. Pavey, S. Raghu and C. M. Bull 2017. Weather correlates of temporal activity patterns in a desert lizard: insights for designing more effective surveys. Journal of Zoology 300 (4): 281–290 - get paper here
  • Welbourne, D. J., Paull, D. J., Claridge, A. W. and Ford, F. 2017. A frontier in the use of camera traps: surveying terrestrial squamate assemblages. Remote Sens Ecol Conserv. doi:10.1002/rse2.57 - get paper here
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