Forest gecko blending in to a Pittosporum tenuifolium trunk
This gecko wandered in front of me and posed for photos which was a buzz as he gave me time to get my camera out and take photos moving around him.
I did not realise how special this gecko is until I got home and looked him up.
One of the rarest and most sort after of geckos who only lives north of Whangaroa and I confirm that the place where this photo was taken is north of Whangaroa as poachers will go after them if I narrow the place down. In fact in 2001 a German tourist was fined $12,000 for attempting to smuggle Northland green geckos out of the country in his underwear. Should have fined him $120,000 and jailed him grrrr.
The first photo is a close up of the head as you can see clearly that this gecko is shedding its skin. The second photo shows the shed skin of the tail.
What an honour to be able to get these photos :D
Southern Alps gecko / moko tāpiri (Woodworthia spp.). Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.
Note: I have this as Woodworthia spp., not Hoplodactilus, in Tony Jewell's book?
Which genus is accurate?
A healthy population living in rocky area. More photos here:
Seen walking during the day on ground. Not sure species, any help appreciated.
This is the species Rhynchoedura eyrensis according to recent Australian references. That species is not in iNaturalist's database for some reason.
I saw this gecko in the road, and while trying to get a photo it moved off the road and curled up tight in the adjacent gravelly rocks.
The Diplodactylidae are a family in the suborder Gekkota (geckos), with about 126 species in 25 genera. These geckos occur in Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia. Three diplodactylid genera (Oedura, Rhacodactylus, and Hoplodactylus) have recently been split into multiple new genera...