Tag Archives: Mercury Islands

Oligosoma alani (Robb)

Robust Skink (Oligosoma alani)

The Robust Skink, also known as Alan’s Skink, is probably the largest of New Zealand’s skinks.

The species was once common and widespread throughout New Zealand’s North Island, but is now confined to several of the offshore islands and islets.



Photo: Dr. Paddy Ryan; by courtesy of Dr. Paddy Ryan



edited: 14.02.2017

Parsonsia capsularis (G. Forst.) R. Br.

Parsonsia capsularis


New Zealand: Great Barrier Island; Mercury Islands; North Island; Aorangi Island (Poor Knights Islands); Stewart Island; Three Kings Islands

local names: –


edited: 13.12.2018

Cyperus insularis Heenan & de Lange

Cyperus insularis


New Zealand: Hernia Island (Aldermen Islands); Bream Island, Marotiri Island, Keyhole Rock, Hen Island, Sail Rock, Whatupuke Island (Hen and Chicken Islands); Cheeseman Islet, Curtis Island, Macauley Island, Raoul Island (Kermadec Islands); Aiguilles Island, Channel Island, Motuhaka Island, Great Mercury Island (Mercury Islands); Gut Rock, Motukino Island, Pokohinu Island (Mokohinau Islands); Matapia Island, Motuopao Island, Moturoa Island, North Island, Whale Island (Moturoa Islands); Moutuhora Island; North Island; Aorangi Island, Tawhiti Rahi Island (Poor Knights Islands); Great Island, South West King Island, Stella Rock, West Island (Three Kings Islands)

local names: –


This species was described in the year 2005. [1]



[1] P. B. Heenan; P. J. de Lange: Cyperus insularis (Cyperaceae), a new species of sedge from northern New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 43: 351-359. 2005



Photo: John Barkla

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