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Oligosoma roimata PATTERSON, HITCHMOUGH & CHAPPLE, 2013

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Aorangi skink
G: Aorangiskink 
SynonymOligosoma roimata PATTERSON, HITCHMOUGH & CHAPPLE 2013
Sphenomorphus pseudornatus MCCANN 1955: 76, 110, 125 (in part)
Cyclodina ornata — HARDY 1977: 261 (in part)
Cyclodina sp. 3 — JEWELL 2008: 112 (in part)
Oligosoma ornatum — CHAPPLE et al. 2009: 472, 485 (in part) 
DistributionNew Zealand (Aorangi Island)

Type locality: Aorangi Island, Poor Knights (35° 28’S, 174° 44’E),  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: NMNZ RE001626#32 (adult male) (coll. G.S. Hardy, November 1973). (Figure 3).
Paratypes (4 specimens). Aorangi Island, Poor Knights (35o 28’S, 174o 44’E), NMNZ RE003723 (S78) (male) (coll. Coll. A.H. Whitaker, December 1964); Aorangi Island, Poor Knights (35° 28’S, 174° 44’E), NMNZ RE001626#29 (female), NMNZ RE001626#30 (male), NMNZ RE001626#31 (male) (coll. G.S. Hardy, November 1973). 
CommentSynonymy: after PATTERSON et al. 2013. 
EtymologyFrom the Maori “roimata” = “tears”, referring to the teardrop marking under the eyes. 
References
  • 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, GEOFF B.; ROD A. HITCHMOUGH & DAVID G. CHAPPLE 2013. Taxonomic revision of the ornate skink (Oligosoma ornatum; Reptilia: Scincidae) species complex from northern New Zealand. Zootaxa 3736 (1): 054–068 - get paper here
 
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