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Skink (Whitakers) Cyclodina whitakeri

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Scincidae
Genus: Cyclodina
Species: C. whitakeri
Binomial name: Cyclodina whitakeri
Synonym: Oligosoma whitakeri
Common name: Whitaker's skink

The Cyclodina whitakeri is a rare endangered species of New Zealand native skink which is now found only on the mainland in a small rocky area at the base of coastal hills at Pukerua Bay, near Wellington. It is also found on two small, predator-free islands off the Coromandel Peninsula – Middle Island in the Mercury Islands group, and Castle Island.
Cyclodina whitakeri lives in coastal forest and scrub. During the day the skinks retreat to warm, moist places such as seabird burrows and deep boulder banks. They forage on warm, humid nights.
Like all New Zealand’s skinks, they are fully protected, meaning that they may only be handled, collected or kept in captivity under permit. Predation of this skink occurs by mustelids (ferrets, weasels, stoats) rats and cats.

The Department of Conservation and the Friends of Mana Island are running a five-year project to catch and breed enough animals from the vulnerable Pukerua Bay colony to establish a sustainable population on nearby predator-free Mana Island.
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