Oligosoma

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Oligosoma
Otago skink.jpg
Otago skink, Oligosoma otagense
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia (paraphyletic)
(unranked): Sauria
Order: Squamata (paraphyletic)
Suborder: Lacertilia
Infraorder: Scincomorpha
Family: Scincidae
Subfamily: Lygosominae
Genus: Oligosoma
Girard, 1857
Species

Over 30, see text.

Oligosoma is a genus of small to medium-sized skinks (family Scincidae). It is found only in New Zealand and in the Norfolk and Lord Howe groups. It belongs to the Eugongylus group; the genus Bassiana appears to be a fairly close relative. [1]

Species[edit]

The currently described species are:

Merging Oligosoma and Cyclodina[edit]

Following a recent taxonomical study[6] the old Cyclodina genus has been suggested to be merged with Oligosoma. This renders Cyclodina an obsolete taxon. The species previously included in the Cyclodina genus are:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Austin, J.J. & Arnold, E.N. (2006): Using ancient and recent DNA to explore relationships of extinct and endangered Leiolopisma skinks (Reptilia: Scincidae) in the Mascarene islands. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 39(2): 503–511. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2005.12.011 (HTML abstract)
  2. ^ "Holotype of Oligosoma inconspicuum". Collections Online. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Holotype of Oligosoma lineoocellatum". Collections Online. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Holotype of Oligosoma microlepis". Collections Online. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Holotype of Oligosoma polychroma". Collections Online. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Chapple, D.G., Ritchie, P.A. and Daugherty, C.H. (01/01/0001 00:00:00) Origin, diversification, and systematics of the New Zealand skink fauna (Reptilia: Scincidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.


  • Chapple, D.G; Ritchie, P. & Daugherty, C.H. (2009): Origin, diversification, and systematics of the New Zealand skink fauna (Reptilia: Scincidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 52(2): 470-487.

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