Under ACO on edge of track. Small orange parasites visible around eyes.
Struggling to identify this beautiful plain green gecko from current literature unless it's N. elegans well out of known territory. It had virtually no markings apart from the visible tiny patches of white spotting.
It wasn't interested in hanging about for a better portrait. Can anyone help please.
I have seen similar but with a few white patterns, presumably N. stellata, in 2015, but too shy and wary to get photos.
Gecko was seeking water (drought in Central Otago)
On stem of Myrsine australis, very well camouflaged against sooty mold. Tail missing (likely suspect being a cat).
Under loose bark of a standing tree
Just this glimpse before it disappeared.
Common Otago gecko, minus its tail
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...