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This slender-bodied skink, possibly a species of Sphenomorphus, was found on moss-covered rocks at the side of a road-cutting in the hot noonday sun..

Adjacent habitat was primary forest in an area of limestone karst, at an elevation of around 800 metres.

The skink measures around 4 cm snout-to-vent  length (SVL), and the tail is around 1.4 times SVL. It appeared to be hunting for insect prey, but showed no interest in a black ant just centimetres from its jaws (see Fig 1).

The dorsum of this brown skink is attractively patterned with narrow, broken bands of pale yellow-brown, and there are numerous pale blue spots on the flank and sides of the head.