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Oligosoma nigriplantare (PETERS, 1874)

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Higher TaxaScincidae, Eugongylinae (Eugongylini), Scincoidea, Sauria, Squamata (lizards)
Common Names 
SynonymHinulia variegata BULLER 1871: 5 (nomen dubium)
Lygosoma (Mocoa) nigriplantare PETERS 1874: 191
Lygosoma dendyi BOULENGER 1902
Leiolopisma dendyi — MCCANN 1955
Leiolopisma turbotti MCCANN 1955
Leiolopisma dendyi — GREER 1974: 16
Leiolopisma turbotti — GREER 1974: 17
Leiolopisma nigriplantare nigriplantare — HARDY 1977
Leiolopisma nigriplantare — HARDY 1977
Leiolopisma nigriplantare — HENLE 1981
Oligosoma nigriplantare — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
Oligosoma nigriplantare — PATTERSON & DAUGHERTY 1990
Leiolopisma nigriplantare — BAUER et al. 1995: 64
Oligosoma nigriplantare — PATTERSON & DAUGHERTY 1995
Oligosoma nigriplantare nigriplantare — HICKSON et al. 2000
Oligosoma nigriplantare — GAULKE & ALTENBACH 2003
Oligosoma nigriplantare — HITCHMOUGH et al. 2016 
DistributionNew Zealand (Chatham Islands)

Type locality: “Chatham-Inseln (Neuseeland)”.  
TypesSyntypes: ZMB 7628 
CommentO. n. nigriplantare is a rare, threatened, or endangered species. 
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  • Chapple, D.G.; Patterson, G.B. 2007. A new skink species (Oligosoma taumakae sp. nov.; Reptilia: Scincidae) from the Open Bay Islands, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 34: 347-357 - 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
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  • 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
  • Liggins, Libby; Chapple, David G.; Daugherty, Charles H.; Ritchie, Peter A. 2008. Origin and post-colonization evolution of the Chatham Islands skink (Oligosoma nigriplantare nigriplantare). Molecular Ecology 17: 3290–3305 - get paper here
  • Liggins, Libby; Chapple, David G.; Daugherty, Charles H.; Ritchie, Peter A. 2008. A SINE of restricted gene flow across the Alpine Fault: phylogeography of the New Zealand common skink (Oligosoma nigriplantare polychroma). Molecular Ecology 17(16):3668-3683 - 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. and Daugherty, C.H. 1994. Leiolopisma stenotis, n. sp., (Reptilia: Lacertilia: Scincidae) from Stewart Island, New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 24(1): 125-132. - 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
  • Peters, Wilhem Carl Hartwig 1874. Über neue Saurier (Spæriodactylus, Anolis, Phrynosoma, Tropidolepisma, Lygosoma, Ophioscincus) aus Centralamerica, Mexico und Australien. Monatsber. königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin. 1873 (November): 738-747 - get paper here
  • Reardon, J.T.; Tocher, M.D. 2003. Diagnostic morphometrics of the skink species, Oligosoma maccanni and O. nigriplantare polychroma, from South Island, New Zealand. DOC Science Internal Series 105. Department of Conservation, Wellington. 21 p.
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