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Oligosoma moco (DUMÉRIL & BIBRON, 1839)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLygosoma moco DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1839: 718
Mocoa owenii GRAY 1845: 272
Lygosoma moco — BOULENGER 1887: 272
Lygosoma (Leiolopisma) moco — SMITH 1937: 223
Leiolopisma moco — MCCANN 1955
Leiolopisma moco — GREER 1974: 16
Leiolopisma moco — HENLE 1981
Leiolopisma moco — MACREDIE 1984
Lygosomella moco — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Oligosoma moco — PATTERSON & DAUGHERTY 1995
Oligosoma moco — HICKSON et al. 2000
Oligosoma moco — HITCHMOUGH et al. 2016 
DistributionNew Zealand, North Island (Hauraki Gulf)

Type locality: Whenuakura Island, off Whangamata.  
TypesNeotype: NMNZ R1798. Syntypes: ZSL (lost). 
CommentSynonymy: HARDY 1977 also listed Mocoa zelandica GRAY under the synonymy of O. moco. 
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1887. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) III. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropsidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. London: 575 pp. - get paper here
  • Duméril, A. M. C. and G. Bibron. 1839. Erpétologie Générale on Histoire Naturelle Complète des Reptiles. Vol. 5. Roret/Fain et Thunot, Paris, 871 pp. - 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
  • Hare, Kelly M.; Charles H. Daugherty and David G. Chapple 2008. Comparative phylogeography of three skink species (Oligosoma moco, O. smithi, O. suteri; Reptilia: Scincidae) in northeastern New Zealand. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 46 (1): 303-315 - 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
  • Macredie, Grant 1984. The lizard fauna of Castle Rock, Coromandel, New Zealand. Herpetofauna (Sydney) 15 (1-2): 37-40
  • Patterson, G.B.; Daugherty, C.H. 1995. Reinstatement of the genus Oligosoma (Reptilia: Lacertilia: Scincidae). J. Royal Soc. New Zealand 25 (3): 327-331 - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1937. A review of the genus Lygosoma (Scincidae: Reptilia) and its allies. Records of the Indian Museum 39 (3): 213-234
  • STEPHENSON, BRENT 2012. Moko skinks (Oligosoma moco) feeding from flowers of the coastal ngaio (Myoporum laetum). BioGecko (1): 45 - get paper here
  • 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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