Species Profile and Threats Database

For information to assist proponents in referral, environmental assessments and compliance issues, refer to the Policy Statements and Guidelines (where available), the Conservation Advice (where available) or the Listing Advice (where available).
In addition, proponents and land managers should refer to the Recovery Plan (where available) or the Conservation Advice (where available) for recovery, mitigation and conservation information.

EPBC Act Listing Status Listed as Vulnerable as Ctenotus zastictus
Listing and Conservation Advices Commonwealth Conservation Advice on Ctenotus zastictus (Hamelin Ctenotus) (Threatened Species Scientific Committee, 2008dp) [Conservation Advice].
Recovery Plan Decision Recovery Plan not required, included on the Not Commenced List (1/11/2009).
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans
Policy Statements and Guidelines Survey guidelines for Australia's threatened reptiles. EPBC Act survey guidelines 6.6 (Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC), 2011m) [Admin Guideline].
Federal Register of
    Legislative Instruments
Declaration under s178, s181, and s183 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - List of threatened species, List of threatened ecological communities and List of threatening processes (Commonwealth of Australia, 2000) [Legislative Instrument] as Ctenotus zastictus.
State Listing Status
WA: Listed as Vulnerable (Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 (Western Australia): September 2013 list) as Ctenotus zastictus
Non-statutory Listing Status
IUCN: Listed as Vulnerable (Global Status: IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: 2013.1 list)
Scientific name Ctenotus zastictus [25570]
Family Scincidae:Squamata:Reptilia:Chordata:Animalia
Species author Storr,1985
Infraspecies author  
Other names Ctenotus zasticus [1428]
Distribution map Species Distribution Map

This is an indicative distribution map of the present distribution of the species based on best available knowledge. See map caveat for more information.

Illustrations Google Images

A blackish reptile growing to 6 cm with dark-brown head and tail, broad black vertebral stripe narrowly edged with white, narrow white back-sides stripe from eye to tail bordered by a broad black upper zone containing pale spots/blotches, narrow side stripe from ear to groin and separated from a pale lower side stripe by a black zone, brown limbs striped with paler brown and whitish underbelly (Cogger 2000).

Known only from a small area of mallee south of Shark Bay, WA (Cogger et al. 1993). Searches at additional sites with suitable habitat have yielded no new records (A.Burbidge 2001, pers. comm.).

Restricted to an isolated belt of mallee vegetation, consisting of a Eucalyptus overstorey with an understorey of hummock grassland (Triodia sp.), on red sandplains (Storr 1984; L. Smith in Cogger et al. 1993). The area of occupied habitat is no more than 150 km², being isolated from other suitable habitat by the surrounding Acacia shrubland (Storr 1984; G. Shea in Cogger et al. 1993).

The following table lists known and perceived threats to this species. Threats are based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) threat classification version 1.1.

Threat Class Threatening Species References
Agriculture and Aquaculture:Livestock Farming and Grazing:Grazing pressures and associated habitat changes Ctenotus zastictus in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006fx) [Internet].
Human Intrusions and Disturbance:Human Intrusions and Disturbance:Human induced disturbance due to unspecified activities Ctenotus zastictus in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006fx) [Internet].
Natural System Modifications:Fire and Fire Suppression:Inappropriate fire regimes including natural wildfires Ctenotus zastictus in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH), 2006fx) [Internet].

Burbidge, A.A. (2001). Personal Communication.

Cogger, H.G. (2000). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia - 6th edition. Sydney, NSW: Reed New Holland.

Cogger, H.G., E.E. Cameron, R.A. Sadlier & P. Eggler (1993). The Action Plan for Australian Reptiles. [Online]. Canberra, ACT: Australian Nature Conservation Agency. Available from:

Storr, G.M. (1984). A new Ctenotus (Lacertilia: Scincidae) from Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum. 11(2):191-193.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Ctenotus zastictus in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:29:30 +1000.