Oligosoma homalonotum (BOULENGER, 1906)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Oligosoma homalonotum?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||E: Chevron skink|
|Synonym||Lygosoma homalonotum BOULENGER 1906|
Lygosoma (Leiolopisma) homalonotum — SMITH 1937: 223
Leiolopisma homalonotum — MCCANN 1955
Leiolopisma homalonotum — GREER 1974: 16
Leiolopisma gracilicorpus HARDY 1977: 241
Lygosomella gracilicorpus — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Lygosomella homalonotum — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Leiolopisma homolanotum — GREER 1974 (in error ?)
Leiolopisma homolanotum — WORTHY 1991
Oligosoma homalonotum — PATTERSON & DAUGHERTY 1995
Oligosoma gracilicorpus — PATTERSON & DAUGHERTY 1995
Oligosoma homalonotum — HITCHMOUGH et al. 2016
|Distribution||Great Barrier Island, Little Barrier Island (New Zealand)|
Type locality: Great Barrier Island (but see comment)
gracilicorpus: New Zealand (Hokianga)
|Types||Holotype: WRM 60/355 (Whanganui Regional Museum in Whanganui, New Zealand), said to be from Flat Island, Mokohinau Islands, NZ, collected H. Suter. Locality in error, see Hardy, 1977. Note that there is also a specimen in BMNH (1918.104.22.168, formerly 1907.3.13.3, Great Barrier Island, NZ), recorded as the holotype - presumably this represents a subsequent, non-type specimen (see also O. suteri).|
|Comment||Conservation: DAUGHERTY et al. (1994) state that Leiolopisma gracilicorpus “is either extinct or synonymous with an existing species”.|
Synonymy: CHAPPLE et al. (2009) formally synonymized Leiolopisma gracilicorpus with Oligosoma homalonotum.
Distribution: “The chevron skink was described by Boulenger (1906) from “Flat Is, Mokohinau Islands" but has never been located in the group since. Both McCann (1955) and Hardy (1977) noted that locality labels on the two specimens had been interchanged after the original description. The chevron skink had therefore been incorrectly attributed to the Mokohinau Islands” (Towns et al. 2002). The correct type locality is thus on the Great Barrier Islands.