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Oligosoma microlepis (PATTERSON & DAUGHERTY, 1990)

IUCN Red List - Oligosoma microlepis - Vulnerable, VU

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common NamesE: Small-scaled skink 
SynonymLeiolopisma microlepis PATTERSON & DAUGHERTY 1990
Oligosoma microlepis — PATTERSON & DAUGHERTY 1995
Oligosoma microlepis — HICKSON et al. 2000
Oligosoma microlepis — HITCHMOUGH et al. 2016 
DistributionNew Zealand, North Island (Taupo)

Type locality: 40 km NW of Taihape, 39° 35’ S, 176° 00’ E.  
TypesHolotype: NMNZ R2077 
CommentRare, threatened, or endangered species. 
EtymologyNamed after its small (Gr. “mikros”) scales (Gr. “lepis’) compared with other similar-sized Leiolopisma. 
  • 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
  • Nelson-Tunley, Moniqua & Andrew Blayney 2012. Small-scaled skink society: an interesting research topic? BioGecko (1): 38
  • Nelson-Tunley, Moniqua; Mary Morgan-Richards andSteven A. Trewick 2016. Genetic diversity and gene flow in a rare New Zealand skink despite fragmented habitat in a volcanic landscape. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, DOI: 10.1111/bij.12807 - get paper here
  • Norris, T.Bruce 2003. Chromosomes of New Zealand Skinks, genus Oligosoma. Journal of Herpetology 37 (2): 368-370 - get paper here
  • Patterson, G.B. and Daugherty, C.H. 1990. Four new species and one new subspecies of skinks, genus Leiolopisma (Reptilia: Lacertilia: Scincidae) from New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 20 (1): 65-84 [erratum p. 252] - 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
  • Winkel, D. van, Baling, M. & Hitchmough, R. 2018. Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand: A field guide. Auckland University Press, Auckland, 376 pp.
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