Coastal plains skink
The species was identified in october,29,2012 by researchers from Australian National University, who were conducting a survey of biological diversity in South-western Australia. They identified Ctenotus ora as a distinct species and sister taxon to the threatened Lancelin Island skink (Ctenotus lancelini).
The coastal plains skink has only been found in low numbers in a small stretch of sand dunes on the Swan Coastal Plain south of Perth, Western Australia, between Dunsborough and Mandurah. The species is threatened by residential development around the Perth coastal area, with the Zootaxa paper which described the species recommending it be considered for immediate conservation attention.
- Kay, Geoffrey; Keogh, J. Scott (July 2012). Fleischer, Robert C.. ed. "Molecular phylogeny and morphological revision of the Ctenotus labillardieri (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae) species group and a new species of immediate conservation concern in the southwestern Australian biodiversity hotspot". Zootaxa (Magnolia Press) (3390): 1–18. http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2012/f/z03390p018f.pdf. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
- Macdonald, Stewart. "Coastal plains skink". Australian Reptile Online Database. http://www.arod.com.au/arod/reptilia/Squamata/Scincidae/Ctenotus/ora. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
- "Hello, goodbye to new lizard". ANU News. Australian National University. http://news.anu.edu.au/?p=17701. Retrieved 31 October 2012.