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Oligosoma fallai (MCCANN, 1955)

IUCN Red List - Oligosoma fallai - Vulnerable, VU

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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 
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
  • 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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