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Oligosoma fallai (MCCANN, 1955)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymLeiolopisma fallai MCCANN 1955
Leiolopisma fallai — GREER 1974: 16
Lygosomella fallai — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Oligosoma fallai — PATTERSON & DAUGHERTY 1995
Oligosoma fallai — HICKSON et al. 2000
Oligosoma fallai — HITCHMOUGH et al. 2016 
DistributionThree Kings Island (off New Zealand)

Type locality: Great Island, Three Kings group.  
Reproductionviviparous 
TypesSyntypes: NMNZ 
Diagnosis 
CommentRare, threatened, or endangered species. 
EtymologyNamed after Robert Alexander Falla, Oliver’s successor as director of the Dominion Museum, and occupying this role while McCann was there. See Shea 2016: 46 for biographical details. 
References
  • BELL, TRENT & AYLA WILES 2015. Describing lizard and frog distribution and species assemblages using the Ecological Districts framework BioGecko (3): 19-35
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Greer, A.E. 1974. The generic relationships of the scincid lizard genus Leiolopisma and its relatives. Australian Journal of Zoology 31: 1-67. - get paper here
  • Hardy, G. 1977. The New Zealand Scincidae: a taxonomic study. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 4: 221-325 - get paper here
  • Henle, K. 1981. Die Herpetofauna Neuseelands, Teil 3: Einheimische Skinke. Herpetofauna 3 (14): 14-18 - get paper here
  • HICKSON, Robert E.; KERRYN E. SLACK AND PETER LOCKHART 2000. Phylogeny recapitulates geography, or why New Zealand has so many species of skinks. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 70: 415–433 - get paper here
  • Hitchmough, Rodney A.; Geoffrey B. Patterson, and David G. Chapple 2016. Putting a Name to Diversity: Taxonomy of the New Zealand Lizard Fauna in: Chapple, D.G. (ed). New Zealand Lizards. Springer, pp. 87-108 - get paper here
  • McCann, C. 1955. The lizards of New Zealand. Gekkonidae and Scincidae. Dominion Museum Bulletin (17): 1—127.
  • Patterson, G.B.; Daugherty, C.H. 1995. Reinstatement of the genus Oligosoma (Reptilia: Lacertilia: Scincidae). J. Royal Soc. New Zealand 25 (3): 327-331
  • Shea, Glenn M. 2016. History of Discovery of the New Zealand Lizard Fauna in: Chapple, D.G. (ed). New Zealand Lizards. Springer, pp. 13-64 - get paper here
 
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