Observations of Spencer's Skink Pseudemoia spenceri from within the high canopy of an overmature Mountain Ash Eucalyptus regnans

Harris, Grant J.; Mifsud, Brett M.; Gillespie, Graeme R.
February 2014
Victorian Naturalist;Feb2014, Vol. 131 Issue 1, p24
Academic Journal
During March 2012, whilst undertaking an aerial survey of an overmature Mountain Ash Eucalyptus regnans in Toolangi State Forest, a Spencer's Skink Pseudemoia spenceri was observed in the canopy at a height of ~50 m above ground level. In the following year, whilst surveying another overmature E. regnans, a pair of P. spenceri was detected at similar height within the canopy. These sightings demonstrate that thermoregulation in P. spenceri is not restricted to dead trees and that high canopies of overmature trees may be an important component of its habitat. Due to the difficulty of accessing the forest canopy it is likely that our understanding of arboreal habitat use has been underestimated for small vertebrates such as skinks. Our serendipitous sightings emphasise the need for further research in this area.


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