Oligosoma pikitanga BELL & PATTERSON, 2008
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Oligosoma pikitanga?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Sinbad skink|
|Synonym||Oligosoma pikitanga BELL & PATTERSON 2008|
Oligosoma sp 1 — JEWELL 2008
Oligosoma pikitanga — HITCHMOUGH et al. 2016
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.
|Types||Holotype: NMNZ (Te Papa Tongawera Museum of NZ) RE 5315 (juvenile male), collected by T. Jewell, March 2004.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. This medium sized skink (SVL up to ~91mm, 188 mm total length and 15g weight) is relatively easily distinguished from all other Oligosoma species, having a characteristic appearance with large green dorsal speckles against a black dorsal base colour, a black upper-lateral band with large salmon-pink lateral speckles, a pale grey chin and a belly flushed with vivid orange. O. pikitanga has a shiny, glossy appearance, and is slender with long toes and long tail. The nearest genetically-related species are each further separated by distinct counts of mid-body scale rows (O. pikitanga 38; O. infrapunctatum 29–37; O. otagense 46–72; O. taumakae 32–34; O. waimatense 50–68), ventral scale rows (O. pikitanga 78–88; O. acrinasum 90– 100), subdigital lamellae (O. pikitanga 20–23; O. acrinasum 16–19) or the relative size of the dorsal scales (in O. pikitanga smaller than ventrals; in O. infrapunctatum larger). This species is allopatric to all other genetically-related species.|
|Comment||Abundance: only known from its original description (Meiri et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||The 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.|
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