This species is not part of a cryptic species complex.
The scientific name means 'pointed nose', and the common name refers to the geographical locality from which it is known. Jewell (2008) offers an alternative common name, the littoral skink.
This species may be similar to O. pikitanga from higher altitudes but is usually less heavily speckled with green, brown or pink than O. pikitanga is, and does not have pale or salmon pink lower lateral sides with orange or pink ventral surfaces. Geographically isolated from other similar species.
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Fiordland skink; Littoral skink
A medium sized skink species (~75-88mm SVL, up 200m total length, 8.5 g; Hardy 1977, Jewell 2008). The head is slender with pointed snout. A glossy black to dark brown skink, usually with tiny yellow, green or even light blue speckles giving an overall yellowish-greenish tinge. Flecks may converve dorso-laterally, resembling stripes, with dark and thick upper lateral band below. Ventrolateral and ventral surface greenish-grey with black speckles. Colouration of flecking in small juveniles may be brownish. Markings may converge on edge of back to form a flecked stripe, and are sparse on the upper portion of the sides, giving the impression of a broad dark stripe. Tail very long. A fast moving, agile skink (Hardy 1977, Jewell 2008).
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