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Oligosoma whitakeri (HARDY, 1977)

IUCN Red List - Oligosoma whitakeri - Vulnerable, VU

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Whitaker's New Zealand Skink 
SynonymCyclodina whitakeri HARDY 1977: 269
Cyclodina whitakeri — HICKSON et al. 2000
Oligosoma whitakeri — CHAPPLE et al. 2009 
DistributionNew Zealand, North Island (Pukerua Bay, Wellington; Middle Is (Mercury), Korapuki Island)

Type locality: Middle Island, Mercury Islands  
TypesHolotype: NMNZ R1817 
CommentRare, threatened, or endangered species. 
Etymologynamed after the collector of the type, A.H. Whitaker (1944-2014), british-born herpetologist from New Zealand. See Bell 2014 for an obituary and Shea 2016: 50 for biographical details. 
  • Bell, B.D. 2014. Anthony Hume Whitaker, MNZM (1944–2014). Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, DOI:10.1080/03036758.2014.926944 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Chapple, D.G.; Patterson, G.B.; Bell, T.; Daugherty, C.H. 2008. Taxonomic Revision of the New Zealand Copper Skink (Cyclodina aenea: Squamata: Scincidae) Species Complex, with Descriptions of Two New Species. Journal of Herpetology 42 (3): 437–452 - get paper here
  • Chapple, D.G.; Patterson, G.B.; Gleeson, D.M.; Daugherty, C.H. & Ritchie, P.A. 2008. Taxonomic revision of the marbled skink (Cyclodina oliveri, Reptilia: Scincidae) species complex, with a description of a new species. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 35: 129-146 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Cree, Alison and Kelly M. Hare 2016. Reproduction and Life History of New Zealand Lizards. in: Chapple, D.G. (ed). New Zealand Lizards. Springer, pp. 169-206 - 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, 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 R. 2019. New Zealand forest-dwelling skinks of the Oligosoma oliveri (McCann) species-complex (Reptilia: Scincidae): reinstatement of O. pachysomaticum (Robb) and an assessment of historical distribution ranges. Zootaxa 4688 (3): 382–398 - get paper here
  • Macredie, Grant 1984. The lizard fauna of Castle Rock, Coromandel, New Zealand. Herpetofauna (Sydney) 15 (1-2): 37-40
  • Miller,K. A.; D. G. Chapple; D. R. Towns; P. A. Ritchie & N. J. Nelson 2009. Assessing genetic diversity for conservation management: a case study of a threatened reptile. Animal Conservation 12: 163–171 - get paper here
  • Porter, Robert 1988. Notes on a trip to the Mercury Islands, north east New Zealand with special reference to Whitaker's skink (Cyclodina whitakeri). Herpetofauna (Sydney) 18 (2): 8-10
  • Shea, Glenn M. 2016. History of Discovery of the New Zealand Lizard Fauna. in: Chapple, D.G. (ed). New Zealand Lizards. Springer, pp. 13-64 - get paper here
  • van Winkel, D., Baling, M. & Hitchmough, R. 2018. Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand: A field guide. Auckland University Press, Auckland, 376 pp.
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