Kōrero: Lizards

Skinks

Skinks

Two McCann’s skinks (Oligosoma maccanni) and a subspecies of the common skink (O.nigriplantare polychroma) (right) bask on a sun-warmed rock in Central Otago. Before 1990 they were thought to belong to a single species, known as the common skink, and believed to be widespread throughout New Zealand with a Chatham Island subspecies. Research since then has led to the reclassification of the common skink as five distinct species.

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Kerry-Jayne Wilson, 'Lizards - Origins and diversity', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/13521/skinks (accessed 16 October 2019)

Story by Kerry-Jayne Wilson, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Mar 2014