Tasmanian skinks

​Application for Scientific Permit – Available for Public Comment

Public comment on the following application for a Scientific Research (Fauna) Permit is open until 25 November 2020.

Applicant: University of Tasmania

Species/Taxon: (including non-target species likely to be affected)

Eastern three-lined skink (Acritoscincus duperreyi)
Delicate skink (Lampropholis delicata)
Southern grass skink (Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii)
Mountain Dragon (Rankinia diemensis)
Tree skink (Carinascincus pretiosus)

Location: Tasmania and offshore islands, including private, public and reserved land.

Title of research: Quantifying phylogeographic congruence among co-distributed lizard species in Tasmania

Aim of project:
The major aim of this project is to generate a database that will allow us to compare phylogeographic structure across 5 major Tasmanian lizard species. These data will complement that previously collected from two additional Tasmanian lizard species (e.g., Carinascincus ocellatus; Cliff et al. 2015, Carinascincus metalicus; Kreger et al. 2020) as well as data currently being collected from a third species (Lioholis whitii). We will then combine these data sets together and, along with the latest phylogenetic statistical analyses, test for similarities and differences in phylogenetic structure in lizard species across Tasmania.

Justification:
This study will increase our understanding of the response of Tasmanian fauna to past climate change and will help provide insight into the impacts of future climate change on Tasmanian reptiles. The study species targeted are widely distributed and to obtain samples from across their distribution, it will be necessary to sample within private, public and reserved land.

Maximum likely numbers of individuals involved:
Maximum 200 individuals from each of the 5 target species (Acritoscincus duperreyi, Lampropholis delicata, Pseudemoia entrecasteauxii, Rankinia diemensis, Carinascincus pretiosus).

Activities undertaken and methods:
Searching for and capturing the five lizard species. Lizards will be caught by hand or by hookless mealworm fishing or through lizard noosing. Animals will be measured for length and weight and have ~3 mm of tail tip removed for genetic analysis and will be released shortly after capture.

Fate of animals:
Animals will be released at their site of capture.

Likely impact on species involved (including any by-catch):
None. The target species is widespread and locally abundant. Little adverse impact is expected for individuals and no negative population effects are expected. 

Contact

Scientific Research Permits
Natural and Cultural Heritage
Level 8, 59 Collins Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Email: Scientific.Permits@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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