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Oligosoma hardyi (CHAPPLE, PATTERSON, BELL & DAUGHERTY, 2008)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Hardy’s Skink 
SynonymCyclodina hardyi CHAPPLE, PATTERSON, BELL & DAUGHERTY 2008
Cyclodina aenea GIRARD 1857: 196 (part)
Cyclodina aenea — HARDY 1977 (part)
Oligosoma hardyi — CHAPPLE et al. 2009 
DistributionNew Zealand (Poor Knights Islands)

Type locality: Poor Knights Islands (35°319 S, 174°449 E).  
TypesHolotype: NMNZ RE4903 (S1266) (collected by J. C. Smuts-Kennedy, November 1973). Adult male. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Cyclodina hardyi can be distin- guished from all other Cyclodina species, in- cluding the other members of the C. aenea species complex, by having suboculars three and four separated by the fifth supralabial under the eye (Fig. 3 in CHAPPLE et al. 2008). In addition, the midbody scale count is greater than that of the new species from the Te Paki region. 
EtymologyNamed after Graham Hardy who completed the last comprehensive taxonomic revision of the New Zealand skink fauna and first noted that the Poor Knights Islands populations of C. aenea were distinctive (Hardy, 1977). 
  • 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, 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
  • 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
  • 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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