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Boulenger’s Speckled Skink
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General Information
Universe Real Life
Homeworld Earth
Intelligence Non-sapient
Biochemistry Carbon-bsaed lifeform
Discovered 1887
Discoverer George Albert Boulenger
Biological Information
Reproduction Sexual; lays leathery eggs
Lineage Information
Related Species Five other speckled skinks, including Oligosoma newmani
Cultural Information
Alignment True Neutral
Sociocultral characteristics
Scientific Taxonomy
Planet Earth
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Eumetazoa
Infrakingdom Bilateria
Superphylum Deuterostomia
Phylum Chordata
Subphylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata (Jawed Vertebrates)
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Reptilia
Subclass Diapsida
Infraclass Sauria
Superorder Lepidosauria (Reptiles with overlapping scales)
Order Squamata
Superfamily Scincoidea
Family Scincidae (Skinks)
Genus Oligosoma (Speckled Skinks)
Species infrapunctatum
Other Information
Status Extinct
First Sighting 1887
Last Sighting 1887
Possible Population 0

Boulenger’s Speckled Skink (Oligosoma infrapunctatum) is an extinct species of speckled skinks formerly endemic to patchy regions of the North Island of New Zealand, from the Bay of Plenty south, and the South Island in the Marlborough Sounds, Nelson, and Westland regions. It, along with its compatriots, could be found in open forests, scrubland, and tussock grasslands from sea level to the subalpine zone.

ConservationEdit

Considered to be a "complete enigma", the Boulenger's Speckled Skink has not been spotted in the over 130 years since first being described and as such is now considered officially to be extinct, as of 2019. However, it is now believed that there are actually six species of speckled skinks including Boulenger's, as well as the Alborn Skink (O. albornense), Chesterfield Skink (O. salmo) and Oligosoma newmani.

Scientists finally announced the extreme likelihood of extinction in 2019 with hopes that the announcement could lead to possible conservation efforts to save its siblings. The other species are considered to still be in gradual decline.

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