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Oligosoma lineoocellatum (DUMÉRIL, 1851)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesSpotted Skink 
SynonymLygosoma lineo-ocellatum DUMÉRIL 1851: 169
Mocoa formosa BLYTH 1853 (fide PATTERSON & DAUGHERTY 1995)
Lygosoma lineo-ocellatum — BOULENGER 1887: 273
Leiolopisma lineo-ocellata - MITTLEMAN 1952
Leiolopisma festivum MCCANN 1955
Leiolopisma festivum — GREER 1974: 16
Leiolopisma lineoocellatum — GREER 1974: 16
Oligosoma lineoocellatum - WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Oligosoma festivum - WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Oligosoma lineoocellatum — PATTERSON & DAUGHERTY 1995
Oligosoma lineoocellatum — HICKSON et al. 2000
Oligosoma lineoocellatum — HITCHMOUGH et al. 2016 
DistributionNew Zealand (North Island (Hawkes Bay, Wellington), South Island), Cook Strait [Leiolopisma festivum McCann 1955]

Type locality: "New Zealand" (unpublished genetic data indicates Canterbury, New Zealand, fide G. Patterson, pers. comm. 6 Feb 2016).  
TypesSyntypes: PM 5053, 5475 
CommentThe type locality given by DUMÉRIL 1851 is in error (fide McCANN 1955; HARDY 1977).

Distribution: not on Stewart Island (G. Patterson, pers. comm. 6 Feb 2016). 
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1887. Catalogue of the Lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) III. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropsidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. London: 575pp. - get paper here
  • Duméril, A.M.C. & A. H. A. Duméril 1851. Catalogue méthodique de la collection des reptiles du Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris. Gide et Baudry/Roret, Paris, 224 pp.
  • Frank, Hermann. 2012. Rediscovery of the spotted skink Oligosoma aff. lineoocellatum ‘Central Canterbury’ in lowland South Canterbury, New Zealand. BioGecko (1): 29-33 - get paper here
  • Greaves, Stephanie N.J.; David G. Chapple, Dianne M. Gleeson, Charles H. Daugherty and Peter A. Ritchie 2007. Phylogeography of the spotted skink (Oligosoma lineoocellatum) and green skink (O. chloronoton)species complex (Lacertilia: Scincidae) in New Zealand reveals pre-Pleistocene divergence. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution <br />45 (2): 729-739 - get paper here
  • Greer, A.E. 1974. The generic relationships of the scincid lizard genus Leiolopisma and its relatives. Australian Journal of Zoology 31: 1-67. - get paper here
  • Hardy, G. 1977. The New Zealand Scincidae: a taxonomic study. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 4: 221-325 - get paper here
  • Henle, K. 1981. Die Herpetofauna Neuseelands, Teil 3: Einheimische Skinke. Herpetofauna 3 (14): 14-18 - 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
  • 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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