Tag Archives: Oligosoma

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

Oligosoma acrinasum (Hardy)

Fiordland Skink (Oligosoma acrinasum)

The Fiordland Skink is endemic to the South Island of New Zealand, where it can be found at the Fiordland coast, and especially on smaller and smallest islands.

It is a coastal species that can be found on rocky shoreline platforms, where it hunts for small insects and other invertebrates.

The species is considered abundant in areas free from mammalian predators, especially Norway Rats (Rattus norvegicus (Berkenhout)), but is now nearly completely absent from areas with such mammalian predators.

Oligosoma gracilicorpus (Hardy)

Narrow-bodied Skink (Oligosoma gracilicorpus)

This species, described in the year 1977, is known only from the type specimen, which was collected on New Zealand’s North Island.

The species is considered extinct.



[1] D. R. Towns, K. A. Neilson; A. H. (Tony) Whitaker: North Island Oligosoma spp. skink recovery plan 2002-2012. Threatened species recovery plan 48. New Zealand Department of Conservation 2002