Named after Professor William Roy McGregor (1895-1975), former Head of the Department of Zoology at the University of Auckland. Known in 1975 as Leiolopisma macgregori Robb 1975; Cyclodina macgregori Hardy 1977, and Oligosoma macgregori (Chapple et al 2009). A minor exception was Robb's continued use of Leiolopisma macgregori (1977-1980).
This species is not likely to be confused with other species, but the presumed extinct Northland skink (O. northlandi) may have been similar in appearance.
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McGregor’s skinks are moderately large, thick-set skinks, up to 114mm SVL and an overall length of up to 220 mm (Robb 1975, 1980; Hardy 1977, Newman 1994). Dorsal surfaces light to dark brown; either uniform or with elongate, darker markings giving a streaked effect. Lateral surfaces brown or grey, irregularly marked with dark and pale blotches merging at the shoulders. Pale, black-edged 'teardrop' below each eye. Ventral surfaces usually uniform pale grey, cream-coloured or pale pink, but some darker flecks may be present. Throat grey or cream, with faint darker grey markings. The mean SVL on Mana Island was 87.5mm (range 78-108mm, n=30) (Newman 1987) and 51-114mm SVL and 3-40g (Newman 1994). Head triangular shaped, with short snout..
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