Hare et al 2007 found 3 major clades in O. moco. Clade 1: Islands eastern coastline of Coromandel (Cuvier, Mercury, Aldermen). Clade 2: Hauraki Gulf (Poor Knights Islands, Mokohinau Islands, Great and Little Barrier Islands). Clade 3: Hen & Chicken Islands.
The specific name derives from moko, the Maori word for lizard.
Geographically isolated from similar species.
Not yet available.
A small to medium-sized skink, usually slender (SVL up to 73 mm, total length to 165 mm, Jewell 2008; but up to 79mm SVL; C. Wedding unpub. data 2010, Shakespear and Whangamata). Dorsal colour coppery or olive brown with prominent pale and dark longitudinal stripes and bands with regular margins, somtimes with fine flecking. Occasional specimens are dark, almost black. Lateral surfaces with broad dark brown stripe above (bordered by thin pale stripes) and below this light brown or grey-brown. There may be an X-shaped mark on the head. A pale stripe present down limbs. Ventral surface pale grey or cream, unspotted, or with indistinct dark flecking in rows. The snout is short and rather blunt. Tail particularly long and tapers finely.
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