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Oligosoma alani (ROBB, 1970)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Robust Skink, Alan's Skink 
SynonymLeiolopisma alani ROBB 1970
Leiolopisma alani — GREER 1974: 16
Cyclodina alani — HARDY 1977: 270
Cyclodina alani — MACREDIE 1984
Cyclodina alani — HICKSON et al. 2000
Oligosoma alani — CHAPPLE et al. 2009 
DistributionNew Zealand (North Island / Mercury Islands)

Type locality: Mercury Island  
TypesHolotype: AIM LH560, formerly Department of Zoology, Auckland University, now Auckland War Memorial Museum (AIM), fide Matt Rayner, pers. comm., 5 Oct 2014. 
CommentConservation: Rare, threatened, or endangered species. 
EtymologyLeiolopisma alani was named by Robb after her nephew (Gill and Whitaker 1996), although the holotype (Gill 1983) was collected by Asa Clifford Thoresen (9.ix.1930–2006.iii.31) of Andrews College, Michigan, on one of his return trips to his New Zealand homeland. See Shea 2016: 48 for more details. 
  • 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
  • Greer, A.E. 1974. The generic relationships of the scincid lizard genus Leiolopisma and its relatives. Australian Journal of Zoology 31: 1-67. - 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
  • Hoskins, Andrew J; Kelly M Hare; Kimberly A Miller; Nicole Schumann; David G Chapple 2017. Repeatability, locomotor performance and trade-offs between performance traits in two lizard species, Oligosoma alani and O. smithi . Biol J Linn Soc 122 (4): - get paper here
  • Macredie, Grant 1984. The lizard fauna of Castle Rock, Coromandel, New Zealand. Herpetofauna (Sydney) 15 (1-2): 37-40
  • Robb, J. 1970. A new skink of the genus Leiolopisma from new Zealand. Proc. K. ned. Akad. Wet. (sect. C) 73: 228-229
  • 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
  • Towns, D.R.; Daugherty, C.H. 1994. Patterns of range contractions and extinctions in the New Zealand herpetofauna following human colonisation. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 21 (4): 325-339 - 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.
  • Worthy, T. H. 1991. Fossil skink bones from Northland, New Zealand, and description of a new species of Cyclodina, Scincidae. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 21: 329-348 - get paper here
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