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Pygopus lepidopodus

2 Common scaly-foot at Quaama, NSW

Pygopus lepidopodus at Quaama, NSW - 29 Jan 2021
Pygopus lepidopodus at Quaama, NSW - 29 Jan 2021
Pygopus lepidopodus at Quaama, NSW - 29 Jan 2021
Pygopus lepidopodus at Quaama, NSW - 29 Jan 2021
Pygopus lepidopodus at Quaama, NSW - 29 Jan 2021
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Identification history

Pygopus lepidopodus 23 Mar 2021 PatrickCampbell
Pygopus lepidopodus 16 Mar 2021 FionaG
Unidentified 29 Jan 2021 FionaG

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Found this reptile like thing when I opened the car door. I couldn't find a head and it was in two parts. It was the width of a little finger. Beautifully coloured, the top a coppery colour, the underside a red/brown colour with blue/black spots and between the two sides a motley, flecked mix between the two colours. Very tiny scales on top with larger transparent scales underneath.

11 comments

   30 Jan 2021
Hi Fiona, Certainly looks like a snake with those smaller scales on the upper side and wider belly scales. Maybe a juvenile of one of the local species. Better wait and see what Patrick thinks.
FionaG wrote:
   30 Jan 2021
Thanks Jackie.
FionaG wrote:
   12 Feb 2021
Hi Jackie, I'm just wondering whether this could be a blind snake? It seems to look similar in terms of scales etc with other images you find on the internet.
   12 Feb 2021
Hi Fiona, I don't think so. The key to snakes in my Cogger (Reptiles and Amphibians of Aust) brings blind snakes out from the rest by "no enlarged ventral scales, the scales on the belly more or less equal in size to those on the back and sides". Your 3rd photo shows the belly scales are wider, though not as wide as usual on the local snakes I wouldn't have thought. So my money is still on a juvenile of one of the local elapid snakes (black, brown, white-lipped, mustard-bellied etc).
FionaG wrote:
   12 Feb 2021
Oh, right. I also thought Mustard-belly at some point. Have sent some pics off to the museum. Hopefully they will be able to shed some light on it. Thanks Jackie
FionaG wrote:
   15 Mar 2021
Have heard back from the National Museum. They have identified it at A Common Scalyfoot (Pygopus lepidopodus), a type of legless lizard.
   16 Mar 2021
Ah-hah. We have some photos of that species, and it does seem to fit. I've only ever seen them in heath though, so it is good to know they are more widespread than that. I just tried to suggest that so it could be confirmed, but I couldn't get past reptiles and frogs. I'm pretty sure that species is in the ALCW database so do you want to have a go at suggesting that and I'll confirm it.
FionaG wrote:
   16 Mar 2021
Not sure how to go about that Jackie, or even if it would work. I posted a fungus ages ago that isn't in the ALCW data base but it remains TBC even though I have identified it. I will give it a go.
FionaG wrote:
   16 Mar 2021
Ok, just realised I can do this so will go ahead and ID that fungus. Thanks Jackie
   16 Mar 2021
Just tried to confirm this and couldn't. I'd suggest transferring your records to iNaturalist asap before the coastal Naturemapr sites close down (see home page for how to). Not a lot of point in adding new species to Naturemapr at this stage since we only have access for another 3 months or so.
   23 Mar 2021
I agree with the museum's ID of Pygopus lepidopodus.
The keeled scales are the most distinctive feature that strongly suggest P. lepidopodus, which are present on the dorsal scales of this species and are visible in the last photo. In the same photo, I can just make out what I think is a partially digested flap and the smaller scales behind it, further suggesting P. lepidopodus. There are also slightly enlarged subcaudal scales visible in another photo. Colour and pattern are highly variable in this species, so whilst not reliably identifiable as P. lepidopodus, the black flecks are something that I tend to associate with this species.

It looks like this specimen has been partially digested and regurgitated, due to the mucous-like, slimy substance around much of the remains. Being a legless lizard, they readily drop their tail when they are grabbed by it, but unfortunately in this case it looks like the animal would not have survived, as I can see what looks to be exposed spinal vertebrae that the flesh has been digested from around.

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Nyctemera amicus (Magpie Moth, Senecio Moth) at Quaama, NSW - 8 Nov 2020 by FionaG
Thyreocephalus sp. (Rove beetle) at Quaama, NSW - 19 Oct 2020 by FionaG
TIPHIIDAE (family) (Unidentified Smooth flower wasp) at Quaama, NSW - 5 Oct 2020 by FionaG
ZODARIIDAE (Unidentified ant spider) at Quaama, NSW - 12 Sep 2020 by FionaG
Paropsisterna fastidiosa (Leaf beetle) at Quaama, NSW - 17 May 2020 by FionaG
Oudemansiella 'radicata group' (Rooting Shank) at Quaama, NSW - 1 May 2020 by FionaG
Agarics at Quaama, NSW - 1 May 2020 by FionaG
Trametes versicolor (Trametes versicolor) at Quaama, NSW - 1 May 2020 by FionaG
Agarics at Quaama, NSW - 1 May 2020 by FionaG
Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-parrot) at Quaama, NSW - 9 Apr 2020 by FionaG
TACHINIDAE (family) (Bristle fly or tachinid) at Quaama, NSW - 26 Mar 2020 by FionaG
Ramaria capitata var. capitata (Pale cauliflower coral) at Quaama, NSW - 22 Mar 2020 by FionaG
Phylloporus sp. (Phylloporus) at Quaama, NSW - 22 Mar 2020 by FionaG
Pleurotus sp. (Pleurotus) at Quaama, NSW - 22 Mar 2020 by FionaG
Laccaria sp. (Laccaria) at Quaama, NSW - 20 Mar 2020 by FionaG
Cyptotrama asprata (Gold Tufts) at Quaama, NSW - 17 Mar 2020 by FionaG
Amauroderma rude (Red-staining Stalked Polypore) at Quaama, NSW - 17 Mar 2020 by FionaG
Crepidotus sp. (Crepidotus) at Quaama, NSW - 15 Mar 2020 by FionaG
Agaricus augustus (Agaricus augustus) at Quaama, NSW - 15 Mar 2020 by FionaG
Polypore sp. at Quaama, NSW - 15 Mar 2020 by FionaG
Inocybe sp. (Inocybe) at Quaama, NSW - 15 Mar 2020 by FionaG
Hippotion scrofa (Coprosma Hawk Moth) at Quaama, NSW - 11 Mar 2020 by FionaG
Gymnopilus sp. (Gymnopilus) at Quaama, NSW - 8 Mar 2020 by FionaG
Bolbitius vitellinus (Bolbitius vitellinus) at Quaama, NSW - 8 Mar 2020 by FionaG
Panaeolus sp. (Panaeolus) at Quaama, NSW - 8 Mar 2020 by FionaG
Trametes coccinea (Scarlet Bracket) at Quaama, NSW - 4 Mar 2020 by FionaG
Amanita sp. at Quaama, NSW - 4 Mar 2020 by FionaG
Trametes coccinea (Scarlet Bracket) at Quaama, NSW - 4 Mar 2020 by FionaG
Amanita ochrophylla group at Quaama, NSW - 4 Mar 2020 by FionaG
Tylopilus sp. (A Bolete) at Quaama, NSW - 4 Mar 2020 by FionaG
Graphium macleayanus (Macleay's Swallowtail) at Quaama, NSW - 24 Feb 2020 by FionaG
Hedana sp. (Crab spider) at Quaama, NSW - 23 Feb 2020 by FionaG
Leucocoprinus sp. (Leucocoprinus) at Quaama, NSW - 22 Feb 2020 by FionaG
Netrocoryne repanda at Quaama, NSW - 20 Feb 2020 by FionaG
Astia hariola (Gypsy Jumping Spider) at Quaama, NSW - 18 Feb 2020 by FionaG
Austroscolia soror (Blue-winged flower wasp) at Quaama, NSW - 17 Feb 2020 by FionaG
Pleurotus sp. (Pleurotus) at Quaama, NSW - 15 Feb 2020 by FionaG
Thyreus nitidulus (Neon cuckoo bee) at Quaama, NSW - 14 Feb 2020 by FionaG
Scolia verticalis (Yellow-headed hairy flower wasp) at Quaama, NSW - 14 Feb 2020 by FionaG
Comocrus behri (Mistletoe Moth) at Quaama, NSW - 12 Feb 2020 by FionaG
Coracina (Coracina) papuensis (White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike) at Quaama, NSW - 21 Dec 2019 by FionaG
Tmarus sp. (Tmarus crab spider) at Quaama, NSW - 23 Apr 2019 by FionaG
Agarics at Quaama, NSW - 5 Apr 2019 by FionaG
Fuligo septica (Dog vomit slime, Scrambled egg slime,) at Quaama, NSW - 5 Apr 2019 by FionaG
DOLICHOPODIDAE (family) (Long-legged fly) at Quaama, NSW - 15 Nov 2018 by FionaG
Oenochroma vinaria (Grevillea Looper) at Quaama, NSW - 30 Oct 2018 by FionaG
Turnix varius (Painted Button-quail) at Quaama, NSW - 15 Oct 2018 by FionaG
Tiliqua scincoides (Eastern Blue-tongue) at Quaama, NSW - 10 Dec 2017 by FionaG
Scioglyptis lyciaria at Quaama, NSW - 31 Dec 2015 by FionaG
Litoria peronii (Peron's Tree Frog) at Quaama, NSW - 10 Mar 2015 by FionaG
Hemigomphus gouldii (Southern Vicetail) at Quaama, NSW - 1 Jan 2015 by FionaG
CERAMBYCIDAE (Longhorn beetle) at Quaama, NSW - 20 Dec 2014 by FionaG
Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris (Eastern Spinebill) at Quaama, NSW - 22 Dec 2013 by FionaG
Pachycephala rufiventris (Rufous Whistler) at Quaama, NSW - 3 Dec 2009 by FionaG
Litoria dentata (Bleating Tree Frog) at Quaama, NSW - 5 Feb 2009 by FionaG
Nyctophilus geoffroyi (Lesser Long-eared Bat) at Quaama, NSW - 12 Nov 2008 by FionaG
Antechinus agilis (Agile Antechinus) at Quaama, NSW - 7 Feb 2006 by FionaG

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