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Oligosoma otagense (MCCANN, 1955)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Common NamesOtago Skink 
SynonymLeiolopisma grande otagense MCCANN 1955
Girardiscincus otagense — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Oligosoma otagense — PATTERSON & DAUGHERTY 1995
Oligosoma otagense — HICKSON et al. 2000
Oligosoma otagense — GAULKE & ALTENBACH 2003
Oligosoma otagense — HITCHMOUGH et al. 2016 
DistributionNew Zealand (Canterbury, Otago, South Island)

Type locality: Otago, Acland.  
TypesHolotype: NMNZ R33, now National Museum. 
CommentHybridization: captive breeding records have demonstrated the potential for hybridisation between O. otagense and O. waimatense (D. Keall, unpublished data, cited in Chapple et al. 2009). 
  • Bogisch, M; A Cree & JM Monks 2016. Short-term success of a translocation of Otago skinks (Oligosoma otagense) to Orokonui Ecosanctuary. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, DOI:10.1080/03014223.2015.1122638 - get paper here
  • Chapple, D.G.; Patterson, G.B. 2007. A new skink species (Oligosoma taumakae sp. nov.; Reptilia: Scincidae) from the Open Bay Islands, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 34: 347-357
  • 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
  • Gaulke, M. & Altenbach, A. 2003. 100% pure New Zealand. Reptilia (Münster) 8 (41): 56-63 - get paper here
  • Hardy, G. 1977. The New Zealand Scincidae: a taxonomic study. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 4: 221-325 - 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, Rod; Leigh Bull and Pam Cromarty (compilers) 2005. New Zealand Threat Classification System lists Science & Technical Publishing Department of Conservation, New Zealand, 134 pp.
  • 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
  • McCann, C. 1955. The lizards of New Zealand. Gekkonidae and Scincidae. Dominion Museum Bulletin (17): 1—127.
  • Molinia, Frank C.; Trent Bell, Grant Norbury, Alison Cree, and Dianne M. Gleeson 2010. Assisted breeding of skinks or how to teach a lizard old tricks!. Herp. Cons. Biol. 5 (2) - get paper here
  • Patterson, G.B. 1997. South Island skinks of the genus Oligosoma: description of O. longipes n. sp. with redescription of O. otagense (McCann) and O. waimatense (McCann). Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 27(4): 439-450.
  • Patterson, G.B.; Daugherty, C.H. 1995. Reinstatement of the genus Oligosoma (Reptilia: Lacertilia: Scincidae). J. Royal Soc. New Zealand 25 (3): 327-331
  • Salt, Amanda J. 2016. Oligosoma otagense (Otago Skink), Oligosoma grande (Grand Skink) Predation. Herpetological Review 47 (2): 300
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