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

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Slight 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. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: The scale count ranges are gener- ally lower for C. levidensa than for C. aenea, although the nuchal count is higher. In partic- ular, the midbody scale count range (24–26) is lower than for all other Cyclodina species, except C. aenea (26–32). Cyclodina levidensa is difficult to distinguish morphologically from C. aenea, which is probably why it had not been recognized until now. The main distinguishing feature is the slighter overall body form of C. levidensa compared to C. aenea (Fig. 2D in CHAPPLE et al. 2008). The limbs of C. levidensa are reduced compared to C. aenea and C. hardyi. 
EtymologyThe specific name (levidensa, Latin: 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.
  • van Winkel, D., Baling, M. & Hitchmough, R. 2018. Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand: A field guide. Auckland University Press, Auckland, 376 pp.
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