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Dr Michael Bates continues to serve as a member of the Skink Specialist Group, part of the International Union for the Conservation of Natureโ€™s Species Survival Commission. Michael was a co-author of the groupโ€™s first publication, led by Prof. David Chapple, titled โ€˜Conservation status of the worldโ€™s skinks (Scincidae): Taxonomic and geographic patterns in extinction riskโ€™. The article was published earlier this year in the reputable scientific journal Biological Conservation. It was determined that about 20% of the worldโ€™s skink species are threatened with extinction, and nine species are either fully extinct or extinct in the wild. As much as 61% of all skink species are currently not protected in nature reserves.

Text: Dr Michael F. Bates l Department of Animal and Plant Systematics l National Museum

Image: Gronoviโ€™s Dwarf Burrowing Skink (๐˜š๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ช) from the south-western Cape, one of over 1 700 species of skinks (family Scincidae) worldwide. Skinks represent about one-quarter of all lizard species and include typical four-limbed lizards as well as snake-like species, some without limbs. Photo courtesy of Tyrone Ping

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