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Oligosoma grande (GRAY, 1845)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Grand Skink 
SynonymMocoa grandis GRAY 1845: 272
Mocoa grandis — BULLER 1870: 6
Mocoa laxa HUTTON 1872
Lygosoma grande — BOULENGER 1887: 271
Leiolopisma grande — MITTLEMAN 1952
Leiolopisma grande grande — MCCANN 1955
Leiolopisma grande — GREER 1974: 16
Leiolopisma grande — HENLE 1981
Girardiscincus grande — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Oligosoma grande — PATTERSON & DAUGHERTY 1995
Oligosoma grande — HICKSON et al. 2000
Oligosoma grande — HITCHMOUGH et al. 2016 
DistributionNew Zealand (Otago)

Type locality: “South Island, New Zealand”, Earl.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH RR 1946.8.17.84 
CommentRare, threatened, or endangered species. 
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1887. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) III. Lacertidae, Gerrhosauridae, Scincidae, Anelytropsidae, Dibamidae, Chamaeleontidae. London: 575 pp. - get paper here
  • Buller, W. 1871. A list of the lizards inhabiting New Zealand, with descriptions. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute, 3 [1870]:4-11 - get paper here
  • Cooper Jr., W.E. 2005. Duration of movement as a lizard foraging movement variable. Herpetologica 61 (4): 363-372 - 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
  • Eifler, D.A. & M.A. Eifler 1999. Foraging Behavior and Spacing Patterns of the Lizard Oligosoma grande Journal of Herpetology 33 (4): 632-639. - get paper here
  • Gray, J. E. 1845. Catalogue of the specimens of lizards in the collection of the British Museum. Trustees of die British Museum/Edward Newman, London: xxvii + 289 pp. - 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
  • Greer, A.E. and T.H. Whitaker 2002. The relationship between mass and snout-vent length in the New Zealand tor- inhabiting skink Oligosoma grande. Herpetological Review 33 (3):170-171 - get paper here
  • Hardy, G. 1977. The New Zealand Scincidae: a taxonomic study. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 4: 221-325 - get paper here
  • Henle, K. 1981. Die Herpetofauna Neuseelands, Teil 3: Einheimische Skinke. Herpetofauna 3 (14): 14-18 - 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
  • Molinia, Frank C.; Trent Bell, Grant Norbury, Alison Cree, and Dianne M. Gleeson 2010. Assisted breeding of skinks or how to teach a lizard old tricks!. Herp. Cons. Biol. 5 (2) - get paper here
  • Patterson, G.B.; Daugherty, C.H. 1995. Reinstatement of the genus Oligosoma (Reptilia: Lacertilia: Scincidae). J. Royal Soc. New Zealand 25 (3): 327-331 - get paper here
  • Stanley, Margaret C. 1998. Homing in the skink, Oligosoma grande, within a fragmented habitat. Journal of Herpetology 32 (3): 461-464 - 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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