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Oligosoma pikitanga BELL & PATTERSON, 2008

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesSinbad skink 
SynonymOligosoma pikitanga BELL & PATTERSON 2008
Oligosoma sp 1 — JEWELL 2008
Oligosoma pikitanga — HITCHMOUGH et al. 2016 
DistributionNew Zealand

Type locality: ) Sinbad Gully, Llawrenny Peaks, Fiordland (44°38'44.46'' S 167°48'19.65'' E; New Zealand Map Grid (NZMG)
reference E2098195 N2098195, map series 260, sheet code D40.), 1100 m elevation. Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
 
Reproductionviviparous 
TypesHolotype: NMNZ (Te Papa Tongawera Museum of NZ) RE 5315 (juvenile male), collected by T. Jewell, March 2004. 
CommentAbundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017). 
EtymologyThe English words ‘mountain climber’ can be translated into the Maori language as ‘pikitanga’ and is applied to this skink in reference to the species’ alpine ecology. 
References
  • Bell, T.P. & Patterson, G.B. 2008. A rare alpine skink Oligosoma pikitanga n. sp. (Reptilia: Scincidae) from Llawrenny Peaks, Fiordland, New Zealand. Zootaxa 1882: 57–68 - 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.
  • JEWELL, TONY R. 2017. Oligosoma awakopaka n. sp. (Reptilia: Scincidae) from Fiordland National Park, NZ BioGecko (4): 4-19
  • Meiri, Shai; Aaron M. Bauer, Allen Allison, Fernando Castro-Herrera, Laurent Chirio, Guarino Colli, Indraneil Das, Tiffany M. Doan, Frank Glaw, Lee L. Grismer, Marinus Hoogmoed, Fred Kraus, Matthew LeBreton, Danny Meirte, Zoltán T. Nagy, Cristiano d 2017. Extinct, obscure or imaginary: the lizard species with the smallest ranges. Diversity and Distributions - get paper here
  • Patterson, G.B. & Bell, T.P. 2009. The Barrier skink Oligosoma judgei n. sp. (Reptilia: Scincidae) from the Darran and Takitimu Mountains, South Island, New Zealand. Zootaxa 2271: 43–56 - get paper here
 
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