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Oligosoma judgei PATTERSON & BELL, 2009

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesBarrier skink 
SynonymOligosoma judgei PATTERSON & BELL 2009
Oligosoma sp. ‘Barrier’ — BELL et al 2008
Oligosoma sp. ‘Barrier’ — BELL & PATTERSON 2008 
DistributionNew Zealand (Darran and Takitimu Mountains, South Island)

Type locality: Barrier Knob, Darran Mountains, Fiordland; 44° 38’20.00” S 168° 01’30.00” E at 1600m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: NMNZ RE6878 Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of NZ; adult male, 80.5 mm SVL, 87.4 mm tail length of which 4.5 mm was regrown, coll. T. Bell, March 2008 (Figure 4 in PATTERSON & BELL 2009). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet ‘judgei’ refers to Murray and Bronwyn Judge, the rock climbers who have explored and climbed the Darran Mountains for over 30 years, and rediscovered this skink species in 2005, after 39 years of obscurity. The common name ‘Barrier skink’ refers to the type locality in the Barrier Knob, Darran Mountains. 
  • Bell, T.P. & Patterson, G.B. 2008. A rare alpine skink Oligosoma pikitanga n. sp. (Reptilia: Scincidae) from Llawrenny Peaks, Fiordland, New Zealand. Zootaxa 1882: 57–68 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Chambers, G.K., Boon, W.M., Buckley, T.R. & Hitchmough, R.A. 2001. Using molecular methods to understand the Gondwanan affinities of the New Zealand biota: three case studies. Australian Journal of Botany, 49, 377–387
  • Hitchmough, R.A. 1997. A systematic review of the New Zealand Gekkonidae. Unpublished PhD thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington. 371 pp.
  • Hitchmough, R.A. 2008. Naultinus species and management units. Moko-kakariki Matters. Issue 1, Spring 2008.
  • 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 R. 2017. Oligosoma awakopaka n. sp. (Reptilia: Scincidae) from Fiordland National Park, NZ BioGecko (4): 4-19
  • Patterson, G.B. & Bell, T.P. 2009. The Barrier skink Oligosoma judgei n. sp. (Reptilia: Scincidae) from the Darran and Takitimu Mountains, South Island, New Zealand. Zootaxa 2271: 43–56 - get paper here
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