Niho Taniwha Chevron Skink

Great Barrier Island

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Ecology Category: Fauna and Lizards

  • The chevron skink is one of New Zealand’s rarest and most secretive lizards.

    Image courtesy of Windy Hill Sanctuary

    It is listed as ‘nationally vulnerable’ under DOC’s Threat Classification System.

    They are currently only known to be found on Great Barrier Island / Aotea and Te Hauturu-o-Toi / Little Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf. There have only been around 500 sightings reported since it was first described in 1906.

    Most of these sightings have been as a result of recent DOC surveys and monitoring, but several have also been recorded by members of the public on Great Barrier Island.

    Read More at the Department of Conservation

    Source: Department of Conservation and licensed by for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence at

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