Named after G.S. Hardy, who undertook a major revision of the New Zealand skink fauna in 1977.
Most similar to O. aeneum but geographically isolated, and has an incomplete row of subocular scales beneath the eye (versus complete). Could be confused with small individuals of O. ornatum but 'lips' with denticulate pattern (versus a single 'tear-drop' beneath the eye).
O. hardyi can be distinguished from all other ex-Cyclodina species, including the other members of the O. aeneum species complex, by having suboculars three and four separated by the fifth supralabial under the eye (Chapple et al 2008). In addition, the midbody scale count is greater than that of O. levidensum.
A small skink (SVL up to 62 mm SVL, Chapple et al 2009). Dorsal surfaces brown, often with prominent dark and light flecking on back and a bright, copper-coloured stripe at the edges especially above the forelimbs. Lateral sides grey to grey-brown with dark and light flecking. Jaw line flecked with black and white denticulate pattern. Ventral surfaces cream-coloured or yellowish-green, unspotted. Throat paler than ventral; usually heavily spotted with black. Tail, especially underside, may be flushed with red (Chapple et al 2009).
Cyclodina sp. 'Poor Knights'.
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