Species Information

Emoia concolor

Species Authority

(Duméril, 1851)

Common Name/s

Viti Slender Treeskink

Species Status

Near Threatened

Organism Type

Reptile

Taxonomy

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae

Environment/System

terrestrial

Invasive Species Threat Summary

The Viti slender treeskink (Emoia concolor) is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. This arboreal skink is widely spread throughout Fiji from coastal areas up to around 1 000 meters above sea level (Hamilton et al. 2013). Found in native forest as well as modified habitats it has probably been affected by land conversion to grassland and sugarcane in western Viti Levu (R. Fisher pers. comm. 2013, in Hamilton et al. 2013). It is common on some of the mongoose-free offshore islands. Cats (Felis catus), rats (Rattus spp.) and mongooses present a threat to this lizard.

Invasive Species Management Summary

This skink is protected on Yadua Taba and Colo-I-Suva islands and in a few other protected areas in Fiji. Taxonomic genetic analysis needs to be done in order to better understand this species and characterise its distribution.

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