Bluetail Mole skink (Eumeces egregius lividus)

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Listing Status:   

Where Listed: WHEREVER FOUND

General Information

The blue-tailed mole skink is a small, shiny, brownish to pink, cylindrical, lizard. Juveniles usually have a blue tail which makes up slightly more than half of the 13 cm length (Christman 1992; P. Moler, GFC, personal communication 1998). Regenerated tails and the tails of older individuals are typically pinkish. The legs are somewhat reduced in size and are used only during surface locomotion, not when the animal “swims” through the sand (Christman 1992). The coloration in the blue-tailed mole skink is brown with lighter paired dorsolateral stripes diverging posteriorly (Christman 1978). During the breeding season, males develop a colorful orange pattern on their sides.

  • States/US Territories in which the Bluetail Mole skink, Entire is known to or is believed to occur:  Florida
  • US Counties in which the Bluetail Mole skink, Entire is known to or is believed to occur:  View All
  • USFWS Refuges in which the Bluetail Mole skink, Entire is known to occur:  Lake Wales Ridge National Wildlife Refuge
 
Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
11/06/1987 Southeast Region (Region 4) Entire

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
11/06/1987 52 FR 42658 42662 Determination of Thr. Status for 2 Florida Lizards; 52 FR 42658-42662
12/30/1982 47 FR 58454 58460 Review of Vertebrate Wildlife for Listing as End. or Thr. Species
03/26/2007 72 FR 14132 14133 Notice of Availability of a Final Implementation Schedule for the South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan
09/27/2006 71 FR 56545 56547 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 5-Year Review of 37 Southeastern Species
01/21/1987 52 FR 2242 2246 Proposed Thr. Status for 2 Florida Lizards; 52 FR 2242-2246
04/02/2004 69 FR 17442 17443 Notice of Availability of a Technical/Agency Draft Implementation Schedule for the South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan
Special Rule Publications
Date Citation Page Title
11/06/1987 52 FR 42658 42662 Determination of Thr. Status for 2 Florida Lizards; 52 FR 42658-42662
01/21/1987 52 FR 2242 2246 Proposed Thr. Status for 2 Florida Lizards; 52 FR 2242-2246

» Recovery

Current Recovery Plan(s)
Date Title Plan Action Status Plan Status
05/18/1999 South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan (68 spp.) View Implementation Progress Final
Other Recovery Documents
Date Citation Page Title Document Type
04/02/2004 69 FR 17442 17443 Notice of Availability of a Technical/Agency Draft Implementation Schedule for the South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan
  • Notice Draft Recovery Plan Availability
03/26/2007 72 FR 14132 14133 Notice of Availability of a Final Implementation Schedule for the South Florida Multi-Species Recovery Plan
  • Notice Recovery Plan Avail.
09/27/2006 71 FR 56545 56547 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 5-Year Review of 37 Southeastern Species
  • Notice 5-year Review, Initiation
Five Year Review
Date Title
08/02/2007 Bluetail Mole Skink (Eumeces egregius lividus) and Sand Skink (Neoseps reynoldsi) 5-Year Reviews

» Critical Habitat

No critical habitat rules have been published for the Bluetail Mole skink.

» Conservation Plans

Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) (learn more)
HCP Plan Summaries
81+3 Florida (Bella Vista)
Bosserman
Oakmont Grove Venture
Sun Ray Wastewater Treatment Facility Expansion- Polk County Utilities
Wal-Mart Corporation
Walz and Company of Sebring (Palm Haven Development)

» Petitions

» Life History

No Life History information has been entered into this system for this species.

» Other Resources

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