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Oligosoma inconspicuum (PATTERSON & DAUGHERTY, 1990)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common Names 
SynonymLeiolopisma inconspicuum PATTERSON & DAUGHERTY 1990
Leiolopisma inconspicuum — PATTERSON & DAUGHERTY 1993
Oligosoma inconspicuum — PATTERSON & DAUGHERTY 1995
Oligosoma inconspicuum — HICKSON et al. 2000
Oligosoma sp. 7 (Big Bay skink) JEWELL 2008: 90
Oligosoma sp. 8 (mahogany skink) JEWELL 2008: 91
Oligosoma inconspicuum — CHAPPLE et al. 2011
Oligosoma cf. inconspicuum — JEWELL 2015 
DistributionNew Zealand (Otago, Southland)

Type locality: Tree Island, Lake Wakatipu, 44° 55’ S, 168° 25’ E.  
TypesHolotype: NMNZ R2079, RE002079 fide CHAPPLE et al 2011 
EtymologyNamed after inconspicuum, Latin for “not readily visible”, referring both to the difficulty in morphologically distinguishing this species from most of the other taxa in the L. nigriplantare species group, and the cryptic behaviour of this species in its natural environment. 
  • CHAPPLE, DAVID G., TRENT P. BELL, STEPHANIE N.J. CHAPPLE, KIMBERLY A. MILLER, CHARLES H. DAUGHERTY & GEOFF B. PATTERSON 2011. Phylogeography and taxonomic revision of the New Zealand cryptic skink (Oligosoma inconspicuum; Reptilia: Scincidae) species complex. Zootaxa 2782: 1–33 - 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
  • JEWELL, TONY 2015. Insight into the cryptic skink (Oligosoma aff. inconspicuum) species-complex in North Otago BioGecko (3): 35-42
  • Patterson, G.B. and Daugherty, C.H. 1990. Four new species and one new subspecies of skinks, genus Leiolopisma (Reptilia: Lacertilia: Scincidae) from New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 20 (1): 65-84 [erratum p. 252]
  • Patterson, G.B. and Daugherty, C.H. 1994. Leiolopisma stenotis, n. sp., (Reptilia: Lacertilia: Scincidae) from Stewart Island, New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 24(1): 125-132.
  • Patterson, G.B.; Daugherty, C.H. 1995. Reinstatement of the genus Oligosoma (Reptilia: Lacertilia: Scincidae). J. Royal Soc. New Zealand 25 (3): 327-331
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