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About us

Established in July 2018, the Skink Specialist Group (SSG) is part of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The SSG is a global network of biologists and wildlife managers that are actively involved in research and conservation-related activities on the world’s ~1,730 skink species (Family Scincidae). The SSG Chairperson is Associate Professor David Chapple (Australia) and the Red List Authority is A/Prof Shai Meiri (Israel).


The SSG maintains a broad and diverse membership to enable it to achieve these goals.


Members are generally biologists or conservation managers that are actively involved in skink research and/or conservation.


If you are interested in becoming a member of the SSG, contact the Chair outlining your current skink research and/or conservation-related activities. 

Tiliqua rugosa Photo: Mike Gardner

Tiliqua rugosa Photo: Mike Gardner

The SSG currently has ~160 members from around the world!

The core roles and aims of the SSG are to:


1. Complete Red List assessments for all described skink species to identify species with high extinction risk;

2. Co-ordinate conservation management for threatened skink species worldwide;

3. Foster collaborative research on skinks, including studies of the factors influencing their extinction risk;

4. Promote research on Threatened and Data Deficient skink species;

5. Initiate and facilitate communication and collaboration among skink researchers and conservation managers worldwide.


Red List Authority Coordinator

Associate Professor

Shai Meiri


Skink Specialist Group Chair

Associate Professor

David Chapple

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