Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management Network

Raising awareness about the value and use of native grasslands, seasonal wetlands, grassy woodlands & other ecosystems on the Victorian Volcanic Plains

New research on Pseudemoia species

Skinks inhabit every part of the Australian continent and many skinks are very similar with only a few reliable external characters distinguishing species. There may be more species out there than we realise.

A new paper from Maggie Haines Phylogenetic evidence of historic mitochondrial introgression and cryptic diversity in the genus Pseudemoia (Squamata: Scincidae), provides new information on the hybridisation between these species in the high country, new information on the threatened Pseudemoia cryodroma, and important new information on what is looking like three taxa in the currently recognised P. pagenstecheri, including the rapidly disappearing form from the Victorian Volcanic Plains.

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