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Department of Conservation Project 4: Research on Nationally critical skink species to determine management options: Chesterfield and Rangitata skinks. (Stage two)

Chesterfield skink This un-described species has a conservation status of Nationally Critical with Data Poor, Range Restricted and Sparse qualifiers. Recent survey effort confirms that much of the original habitat at Chesterfield has been lost to agricultural intensification for dairy and deer farming. No Chesterfield skinks were found there during a recent (2013) survey for the species. The lizard TAG is now at a stage where we believe urgent management is required for this species. In order to identify the best management tool, more detailed information is needed from the population including delimitation of the populations, determining how to identify the species in the hand and estimating the remaining population size. Rangitata skink This species has a conservation status of nationally critical with data poor, range restricted and sparse qualifiers. It is currently known from two small scree systems on the Mt Harper and Mt Somers ranges in the mid-Canterbury high country. It appears to be present in low numbers at both sites, is likely to be restricted to scree habitat and has not been found below 1000 m. A 2014 summer survey failed to find new populations. Further survey of the extensive habitat is required so that management can be targeted to the best population. Amount awarded 2013/14: $15,000 Amount awarded to date:

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Auckland Zoo Field Conservation Report 2013/14  

Auckland Zoo field conservation report - 2013 / 2014

Auckland Zoo Field Conservation Report 2013/14  

Auckland Zoo field conservation report - 2013 / 2014

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