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narrow bodied

Narrow-Bodied Skink

The Narrow-Bodied Skink (Oligosoma gracilicorpus) is a species of skink (family Scincidae). Only the holotype specimen (AIM Rep 31.1) is known, collected before 1955 on the North Island, New Zealand, probably in the vicinity of the Hokianga; it is possibly a juvenile. If so, this species could be the kawekaweau or kaweau (sometimes written koeau) of Māori lore, which is by others is identified with a tuatara though its description does not match that animal well.(Hardy 1977)

Classified as "data deficient" by the IUCN (ARAG 1996), the New Zealand Department of Conservation treats ist as extinct.

References

  • (1977): The New Zealand Scincidae (Reptilia: Lacertilia); a taxonomic and zoogeographic study. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 4: 221-325. PDF fulltext

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