Introduction

Te Kakahu/Chalky Island skink is known to only live in one small area in Chalky Inlet, Fiordland.

The Te Kakahu skink is a point endemic (only found naturally at one specific location in the world), known only from one small area, approximately 50 m² onTe Kakahu O Tamatea/Chalky Island in Chalky Inlet, Fiordland. 

It was first discovered in 2002 by members of the Kakapo Recovery Team and was formally described in 2011.

The Te Kakahu skink is one of six distinct species in the Oligosoma inconspicuum or cryptic skink species. It is classified as 'Nationally Critical' in the DOC Threat Classification System – the highest ranking possible. 

It has the highest priority for translocation due to their perceived vulnerability, known only from one location. It is possible this species exists in similar habitat on islands or the mainland elsewhere therefore systematic surveying of these areas is a priority.  

Chalky Island skink.
Te Kakahu skink
Image: Erina Loe | DOC

Chalky Island skink.
Te Kakahu skink
Image: Hannah Edmonds |DOC

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