BioGecko Issue 1 (July 2012)

Frank, Hermann. 2012. Rediscovery of the spotted skink Oligosoma aff. lineoocellatum ‘Central Canterbury’ in lowland South Canterbury, New Zealand. BioGecko, July 2012, 1: 29-33.

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FRANK, HERMANN.

Rediscovery of the spotted skink Oligosoma aff. lineoocellatum ‘Central Canterbury’ in lowland South Canterbury, New Zealand.

Abstract: Although subfossil and historical records indicate that the spotted skink Oligosoma aff. lineoocellatum ‘Central Canterbury’ was once widely distributed through the lowlands of South Canterbury, a 2008 survey of potential lizard habitats, and of limestone outcrops in particular, did not detect this species. In 2012 a small, isolated population was found in stone deposits, interspersed with shrubs and exotic grasses, on pastoral land in northern South Canterbury. The size and characteristics of the habitat are described.

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