BioGecko Issue 3 (2015)

Herbert, Sarah; Gilbert, Judy & Bell, Trent 2015. Striped skinks incidentally recorded under closed-cell foam covers at Windy Hill, Great Barrier Island, New Zealand.. BioGecko, 2015, 3: 14-18.

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HERBERT, SARAH; GILBERT, JUDY & BELL, TRENT

Striped skinks incidentally recorded under closed-cell foam covers at Windy Hill, Great Barrier Island, New Zealand.

Abstract: Six sightings of striped skinks (Oligosoma striatum) were made under closed-cell foam covers in 2009 and 2013 during a lizard monitoring study at Windy Hill Sanctuary on Great Barrier Island. These records represent the first striped skinks to be encountered on Great Barrier since 1983, a 26-year period. Occurrence rates of striped skinks was too low for covers to be used as a primary survey or population monitoring tool for this particular population. However, the covers were useful for detecting the presence of these skinks while monitoring other arboreal lizard species. Therefore this method likely has some merit for study of striped skinks in forested environments. If an abundant population of striped skinks can be identified, we recommend that the efficacy of closed-cell foam covers be tested alongside other potential methods for surveying and monitoring this species.

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