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Oligosoma fallai (MCCANN, 1955)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae, Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymLeiolopisma fallai MCCANN 1955
Leiolopisma fallai — GREER 1974: 16
Lygosomella fallai — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Oligosoma fallai — PATTERSON & DAUGHERTY 1995
Oligosoma fallai — HICKSON et al. 2000
Oligosoma fallai — HITCHMOUGH et al. 2016 
DistributionThree Kings Island (off New Zealand)

Type locality: Great Island, Three Kings group.  
TypesSyntypes: NMNZ R151-152 
CommentRare, threatened, or endangered species. 
EtymologyNamed after Robert Alexander Falla, Oliver’s successor as director of the Dominion Museum, and occupying this role while McCann was there. See Shea 2016: 46 for biographical details. 
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