Detailed species information from your search of the Atlas.
Scientific name:
Oligosoma salmo
Common name:
Chesterfield skink
Naming authority:
Melzer, Hitchmough, Bell, Chapple & Patterson, 2019
Bio status category:
Indigenous (Endemic)
IUCN threat status:
** Not Classified **
NZ threat classification:
Nationally Critical

Refer to for NZ threat classification system details.

Chesterfield skink. Photo: Mike Aviss.
Chesterfield skink


  • Found in highly modified habitat; rough pasture and low shrublands.


  • Upper surfaces of back mid to dark brown, often with prominent lighter and darker flecking.
  • sides with broad dark brown stripe above, bordered by thin pale stripes that are typically very notched, and below this flecked grey-brown.
  • Tail similar but with rusty-red flecking and blotching.
  • Lower surfaces pinkish and sometimes with dark speckling, belly yellow and usually unmarked.
  • Snout vent length around 65-75 mm.
  • Diurnal.


  • Known only from a small area of coastal paddocks in Chesterfield near Hokitika, West Coast of the South Island.


  • A proposed new species and likely to be formerly described as a distinct species.
  • Notes about 2012-14 cycle of NZ threat classification for Reptiles: (Hitchmough, et al.
  • 2012): No new data; continued risk from dairy development - more potential habitat has been lost in recent years; potential risk from renewed mining and associated infrastructure; Chesterfield population very small and localised, potentially threatened by any change in farming practices, Alborn population very small (TW found 2-3 individuals) - pathway changed in 2012 because we weren't sure of 50-70% decline over 3 generations, but fairly confident that there are fewer than 200 individuals in the 2 known populations.

Statistical information and distribution map

  Before 1988 Since 1988
Live Specimen 0 15
Total 0 15

  Live or dead specimen or shed skin
  Bone or fossil

Chesterfield skink Distribution Map.'
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