The scientific name refers to the township of Waimate, where the type specimen was collected. Prior to 1977, this species was included with O. grande, particularly between 1955-77 separated as subspecies waimatense. Since 1977-1985 was known as a form of O. otagense, but from 1985 onwards recognised as a distinct species.
O. waimatense can be distinguished from all skinks by the combination of colour pattern and midbody scale counts (50-68, Patterson 1997), and is not sympatric with similar congeners.
A large, moderately robust skink (up to 110 mm SVL). Dorsal surfaces pale or dark grey, brown or yellow colouration with thin transverse black markings which coalesce as a series of bands across dorsal and lateral surfaces. Pale dorso-lateral lines may be present. Ventral surfaces grey, sometimes tinged with pink or orange, usually unmarked. Chin and throat may be lightly speckled with black. Soles pale brown to black. Toes and tail very long. Body scales small, resulting in a high midbody scale count (50-68, Patterson 1997).
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