Oligosoma awakopaka JEWELL, 2017
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Oligosoma awakopaka?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Awakopaka skink|
|Synonym||Oligosoma awakopaka JEWELL 2017|
|Distribution||New Zealand (Fiordland National Park)|
Type locality: Homer Saddle, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand. Grid reference E2113025 N5593084. 1,200m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: NMNZ RE.007421 (Te Papa Tongarewa/Museum of New Zealand)|
|Comment||This species was illustrated by Jewell 2015: 46 and called Awakopaka skink but only formally described in 2017.|
Habitat: Saxicolous. The type locality (Figure 5, 6 a & b in Jewell 2017) is distinctly alpine in nature. It has a few diminutive shrubs (Coprosma spp. and Dracophyllum spp.) restricted to sheltered depressions. However, much of the vegetation is made up of grasses and herbs. Large expanses of ground in close vicinity are kept in an open and sparsely vegetated state by regular avalanche and rock-fall activity, or due to the deep nature of the boulder piles that have accumulated, but the exact site where the skink was found is more stable.
Sympatry: Mokopirirakau sp., O. judgei.
|Etymology||The Maori verb ‘awakopaka’ means ‘glacier’ and is applied with the intended meaning of ‘the skink that lives in the footprints of mighty glaciers’. This meaning reflects the discovery and occurrence of the new species deep in Fiordland, a landscape of dramatic U-shaped valleys and deep Fjords that were carved out by glacial activity during the Pleistocene Epoch.|
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