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Oligosoma levidensum (CHAPPLE, PATTERSON, BELL & DAUGHERTY, 2008)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesSlight Skink 
SynonymCyclodina levidensa CHAPPLE, PATTERSON, BELL & DAUGHERTY 2008
Cyclodina sp. 1 — JEWELL 2008
Oligosoma levidensa — CHAPPLE et al. 2009 
DistributionNew Zealand (Northland)

Type locality: Radar Bush, Te Paki, Northland (34°289S, 172°459E).  
TypesHolotype: NMNZ RE5768 (collected by O. Ball, November 2006). Adult female. 
EtymologyThe specific name (levidensa, Lat- in: thin, slight) refers to the thin, elongated body and reduced limbs of this skink. Cyclodina is assumed to be feminine because aenea is the feminine form of the Latin word for copper. 
  • Chapple, D.G.; Patterson, G.B.; Bell, T.; Daugherty, C.H. 2008. Taxonomic Revision of the New Zealand Copper Skink (Cyclodina aenea: Squamata: Scincidae) Species Complex, with Descriptions of Two New Species. Journal of Herpetology 42 (3): 437–452 - get paper here
  • Chapple, David G.; Peter A. Ritchie, Charles H. Daugherty 2009. Origin, diversification, and systematics of the New Zealand skink fauna (Reptilia: Scincidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 52 (2): 470-487 - 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 2008. A Photographic Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand [with corrections and comments in Chapple & Hitchmough 2009]. New Holland Publishers (NZ) Ltd,Auckland, 143 pp.
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