- Scientific name:
- Oligosoma longipes
- Common name:
- long-toed skink
- Naming authority:
- Patterson, 1997
- Bio status category:
- Indigenous (Endemic)
- IUCN threat status:
- ** Not Classified **
- NZ threat classification:
- Nationally Vulnerable
Refer to www.doc.govt.nz/nztcs for NZ threat classification system details.
- Dry rocky areas, particularly rock piles, boulder tumbles and eroding river terraces, in tussock grassland.
- Diurnal, avid sun-basker.
- Not particularly abundant.
- Lives among rocks at ground level.
- Back grey to grey-brown with somewhat indistinct paler and darker spots and flecks, and rarely a rudimentary dark mid-dorsal stripe.
- Sides with broad dark-brown stripe above (bordered by thin pale, notched stripes) and below this, grey with dark flecks.
- Undersurface grey with dark speckles.
- Measures up to 67 mm from snout tip to vent.
- Toes and tail very long.
- Inland Marlborough and Canterbury.
- Of sparse occurrence.
- The scientific name means 'long toes'.
- Notes about NZ threat classification (Hitchmough 2002): Waimakariri, Arthurs Pass.
- Notes about 2008-10 cycle of NZ threat classification for Reptiles (Hitchmough et al 2010): As for southern sp.
- Notes about 2012-14 cycle of NZ threat classification for Reptiles: (Hitchmough, et al.
- 2012): Few recent surveys, none found.
- Generally few, scattered records.
- One stronghold population.
- Assuming only north of the Clarence catchment.
- Fewer than 15 sub-populations known, none known to contain more than 500 mature individuals.
- Decline predicted at 10-30% over 3 generations.
Statistical information and distribution map
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Live or dead specimen or shed skin
Bone or fossil