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Initial observations on the effect of thinning eucalypt regrowth on heliothermic skinks in lowland forest, East Gippsland, Victoria

A Kutt

Herpetology in Australia | Published : 1993


Thinned sites characterized by an open vegetation structure, an increase in penetrating sunlight and the availability of "litter-free' basking substrates indicated a tendency to support generally a higher density of skinks, including more Lampropholis guichenoti a species that prefers drier, exposed sites. Unthinned regrowth sites, characterised by a more enclosed structure, less penetrating sunlight and large amounts of litter and vegetation covering available basking substrates, generally supported fewer heliothermic skinks overall, except for Lampropholis delicata, a species that prefers sheltered sites. The arboreal Spencer's skink Pseudemoia spenceri occurred in significantly higher num..

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