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Oligosoma elium MELZER, BELL & PATTERSON, 2017

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesMarlborough spotted skink 
SynonymOligosoma elium MELZER, BELL & PATTERSON 2017
Oligosoma aff. lineoocellatum “South Marlborough”— HITCHMOUGH et al. 2007
Oligosoma aff. lineoocellatum “South Marlborough”— HITCHMOUGH et al. 2010 Oligosoma aff. lineoocellatum “South Marlborough”— HITCHMOUGH et al. 2013
Oligosoma aff. lineoocellatum “South Marlborough”— HITCHMOUGH et al. 2016 
DistributionNew Zealand (Motunau Island)

Type locality: Motunau Island, Canterbury (43° 04’S, 173° 04’E), Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
 
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. NMNZ RE003737 (S 92), female (coll. A. Whitaker, 20 Feb 1967).
Paratypes (9 specimens). Motunau Island, Canterbury (43o 04’S, 173o 04’E), 2 specimens (NMNZ RE001745 (2/2/8.33), female; NMNZ RE001745 (2/2/8.34), male) (coll. A. Whitaker, unknown date); Motunau Island, Canterbury (43o 04’S, 173o 04’E), 3 specimens (NMNZ RE003736 (S 91), male; NMNZ RE003738 (S 93), male; NMNZ RE003820 (S 178), male) (coll. A. Whitaker, 20 Feb 1967); Waipapa Bay (42o 15’S, 173o 49’E), NMNZ RE004192 (S550), female (coll. A. Whitaker, 03 Dec 1969); Montrose Stream, Waiau River (42o 46’S, 172o 43’E), NMNZ RE004191 (S549), male (coll. A. Whitaker, 27 Nov 1969); Jack Taylor’s farm, Ward (41o 48’S, 174o 03’E), NMNZ RE005463, OR (coll. R. Ainsworth, 08 Feb 1988). 
Comment 
EtymologyThe specific name means “olive” in Greek. 
References
  • Hitchmough, R. A., Hoare, J.M., Jamieson, H., Newman, D., Tocher, M.D. and Anderson, P. J. 2010. Conservation status of New Zealand reptiles, 2009. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 37 (3): 203-224
  • Hitchmough, R., Anderson, P., Barr, B., Monks, J., Lettink, M., Reardon, J., Tocher, M. & Whitaker, T. 2013. Conservation status of New Zealand reptiles, 2012. In: New Zealand Threat Classification Series 2. Department of Conservation, Wellington, pp. 1–16
  • Hitchmough, R., Barr, B., Lettink, M., Monks, J., Reardon, J., Tocher, M., van Winkel, D. & Rolfe, J. 2016. Conservation status of New Zealand reptiles, 2015. In: New Zealand Threat Classification Series 17. Department of Conservation, Wellington, pp. 1–22
  • Hitchmough, R., Bull, L. & Cromarty, P. 2007. New Zealand Threat Classification System lists—2005. Department of Conservation, Wellington, 194 pp
  • MELZER, SABINE; TRENT BELL, GEOFF B. PATTERSON 2017. Hidden conservation vulnerability within a cryptic species complex: taxonomic revision of the spotted skink (Oligosoma lineoocellatum; Reptilia: Scincidae) from New Zealand. Zootaxa 4300 (3): 355–379 [erratum in Zootaxa 4350 (3): 600] - get paper here
 
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