Oligosoma hardyi (CHAPPLE, PATTERSON, BELL & DAUGHERTY, 2008)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Oligosoma hardyi?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Hardy’s Skink|
|Synonym||Cyclodina hardyi CHAPPLE, PATTERSON, BELL & DAUGHERTY 2008|
Cyclodina aenea GIRARD 1857: 196 (part)
Cyclodina aenea — HARDY 1977 (part)
Oligosoma hardyi — CHAPPLE et al. 2009
|Distribution||New Zealand (Poor Knights Islands)|
Type locality: Poor Knights Islands (35°319 S, 174°449 E).
|Types||Holotype: Stack ‘‘C,’’ RE4903 (S1266) (collected by J. C. Smuts-Kennedy, November 1973). Adult male.|
|Comment||Diagnosis.—Cyclodina hardyi can be distin- guished from all other Cyclodina species, in- cluding the other members of the C. aenea species complex, by having suboculars three and four separated by the fifth supralabial under the eye (Fig. 3 in CHAPPLE et al. 2008). In addition, the midbody scale count is greater than that of the new species from the Te Paki region.|
|Etymology||Named after Graham Hardy who completed the last comprehensive taxonomic revision of the New Zealand skink fauna and first noted that the Poor Knights Islands populations of C. aenea were distinctive (Hardy, 1977).|
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