Oligosoma infrapunctatum (Boulenger, 1887)

Speckled skink



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: pre-1888 (Melzer et al., 2019)

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)



New Zealand


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Boulenger, G. A. (1887). Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Natural History). Vol. 3. Taylor and Francis, London. 575 pp.


Other references:

Hitchmough, R. 2021. Oligosoma infrapunctatum. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021: e.T156731593A120191280. Accessed on 30 July 2022.

Melzer, Sabine et al. (2019). Lost and Found: Taxonomic revision of the speckled skink (Oligosoma infrapunctatum; Reptilia; Scincidae) species complex from New Zealand reveals a potential cryptic extinction, resurrection of two species, and description of three new species. Zootaxa 4623(3): 441-484. [Abstract]

Wahle, Anna et al. (2021). Skinks in Zoos: A global approach on distribution patterns of threatened Scincidae in zoological institutions. Global Ecology and Conservation 30: e01800. [modern captive record; probably a misidentification]


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