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- Scientific name:
- Oligosoma maccanni
- Common name:
- McCann's skink
- Naming authority:
- (Patterson & Daugherty, 1990)
- Bio status category:
- Indigenous (Endemic)
- IUCN threat status:
- ** Not Classified **
- NZ threat classification:
- Not Threatened
Refer to www.doc.govt.nz/nztcs for NZ threat classification system details.
- Sand dunes, grasslands, herbfields, scrub, rocky areas including tors, outcrops and scree.
- Tolerates arid areas.
- From the coast up to 1700 m above sea level.
- Diurnal, avid sun-basker.
- Often abundant, particularly in dry rocky areas.
- May over-winter in groups.
- May live on ground, among rock piles, or among low dense vegetation.
- Back grey to light brown, uniform or patterned with various brown stripes (smooth or notched) and/or large grey blotches (often creating a herringbone or checker-board effect).
- Mid-dorsal stripe (stripe along spine) often present, and breaks up or becomes notched or wavy on tail.
- Sides with broad dark-brown stripe above (bordered by thin pale stripes, often notched) and below this grey or grey-brown.
- Throat whitish-grey, often with fine black speckling.
- Belly whitish-grey through to bright yellow, uniform or with fine black speckling.
- Soles of feet creamy-grey, yellow or brown.
- Measures up to 73 mm from snout tip to vent.
- Smoothly-striped animals most common in western Otago/Southland and mid- to northern Canterbury.
- Animals from Central Otago are often especially blotchy in appearance.
- From inland Southland through to northern Canterbury.
- Mostly inland but approaches coast on Otago and Banks Peninsula areas.
- Named after New Zealand herpetologist Charles McCann (1899-1980).
- Notes about 2012-14 cycle of NZ threat classification for Reptiles: (Hitchmough, et al.
- 2012): Very abundant and widespread.
- Responded well to predator control at Macraes.
- Tolerant of dry conditions, live in rocky habitat - i.
- habitat preferences reduce vulnerability.
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