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Oligosoma kokowai MELZER, BELL & PATTERSON, 2017

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesNorthern spotted skink 
SynonymOligosoma kokowai MELZER, BELL & PATTERSON 2017 
DistributionNew Zealand (Brothers Island)

Type locality: Brothers Island (41° 07’S, 174° 26’E Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
TypesHolotype. NMNZ RE000305, female, (coll. R. Dell, 11 Sep 1948) Paratypes (19 specimens). Brothers Island (41o 07’S, 174o 26’E), 3 specimens (NMNZ RE000307, female; NMNZ RE000308, immature; NMNZ RE000309, male) (coll. C. Lindsay, 11 Sep 1948); Stephens Island (40o 40’S, 174o 00’E), NMNZ RE000313, unknown (coll. C. Lindsay, 13 Sep 1948); Stephens Island - No 3 house (40’S, 174o 00’E), NMNZ RE005217, female (coll. M. Thompson, 06 Nov 1998); St Arnaud (41o 46’S, 172o 44’E), NMNZ RE003999 (S357), male (coll. B. Thomas, 20 Jul 1968); Aniseed valley, Roding River (41o 23’S, 173o 15’E), NMNZ RE006227, immature (coll. G. Patterson, 09 May 1984); St Arnaud (41o 46’S, 172o 44’E), 2 specimens (NMNZ RE004148 (S506), female; NMNZ RE004149 (S507), male) (coll. B. Thomas, 22 Oct 1969); Somes Island (41o 15’S, 174o 53’E), NMNZ RE000909, female (coll. D. Fairfax, 20 Jan 1958); Somes Island (41o 15’S, 174o 53’E), 2 specimens (NMNZ RE005262, female; NMNZ RE005263, male) (coll. K. Neil, Jan 1997); Martinborough (41o 13’S, 175o 27’E), NMNZ RE001009, female (coll. Hewett, Aug 1963); Napier (39o 29’S, 176o 55’E), 2 specimens (NMNZ RE003648 (S3), female; NMNZ RE003819 (S177), female) (coll. A. Whitaker, 17 Apr 1966); Cape Turakirae (41o 26’S, 174o 55’E), NMNZ RE004122 (S480), male (coll. A. Whitaker, 07 Aug 1969); Ward Island (41o 18’S, 174o 52’E), NMNZ RE005458, female (coll. R. Ainsworth, 07 Jan 1984); Turakirae Head, Lower Hutt (41o 26’S, 174o 55’E), NMNZ RE006226, male (coll. S. Keall, 12 Jan 1984); Napier (39o 32’S, 176o 55’E), NMNZ RE005320, female (coll. K. Hewitt, 12 Dec 2006). 
EtymologyNamed after the Maori kōkōwai, meaning red or auburn and refers to the colour of the ventral surface of this skink. 
  • MELZER, SABINE; TRENT BELL, GEOFF B. PATTERSON 2017. Hidden conservation vulnerability within a cryptic species complex: taxonomic revision of the spotted skink (Oligosoma lineoocellatum; Reptilia: Scincidae) from New Zealand. Zootaxa 4300 (3): 355–379 [erratum in Zootaxa 4350 (3): 600] - get paper here
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