Oligosoma suteri (BOULENGER, 1906)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Oligosoma suteri?
|Higher Taxa||Scincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)|
|Common Names||Suter’s skink, Egg-laying Skink|
|Synonym||Lygosoma suteri BOULENGER 1906|
Lygosoma (Leiolopisma) suteri — SMITH 1937: 223
Leiolopisma suteri - MCCANN 1955
Leiolopisma suteri — GREER 1974: 17
Leiolopisma suteri — HENLE 1981
Robbisaurus suteri - WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Oligosoma suteri — TOWNS 1994
Oligosoma suteri — PATTERSON & DAUGHERTY 1995
Oligosoma suteri — HICKSON et al. 2000
Oligosoma suteri — HITCHMOUGH et al. 2016
|Distribution||New Zealand, Great Barrier Island, North Island (Three Kings to Alderman Is)|
Type locality: Great Barrier Island.
|Reproduction||egg-laying. This is New Zealand’s only native oviparous skink (the other egg-laying skink on New Zealand, Lampropholis delicata, has been introduced).|
|Types||Holotype: WRM 60/620|
|Comment||History: Boulenger received both a specimen of O. suteri and O. homalonotum on loan from Henry Suter, it was not until decades later that McCann and Hardy found out that O.homalonotum does not occur on Flat Island at all and the labels must have been mixed up somewhere along the line (J. Jansen, pers. comm., 30 Jan 2016).|
Variation: variable, ranging from very pale specimens through to very black specimens (Baling et al. 2016).
|Etymology||named after the collector of the type, H. Suter.|
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