- Scientific name:
- Mokopirirakau nebulosus
- Common name:
- cloudy gecko
- Naming authority:
- (McCann, 1955)
- Bio status category:
- Indigenous (Endemic)
- IUCN threat status:
- ** Not Classified **
- NZ threat classification:
Refer to www.doc.govt.nz/nztcs for NZ threat classification system details.
- Forest and scrub.
- Has been found in both arboreal and terrestrial situations, from the coast up to about 500 m above sea level.
- Largely nocturnal, but sun-basks near retreat.
- Arboreal or terrestrial.
- Olive-grey to dark pinkish-brown (rarely dark olive-green), individuals usually only undergo minor colour changes.
- Patterned with drab W-shaped bands or broad herringbone patches, often with broad stripes on neck and shoulders.
- Overall effect very drab and moss-like.
- Undersurface speckled or with dull, irregular longitudinal stripes.
- Mouth lining bright orange, tongue orange with a dark grey patch.
- Measures 76-80 mm (rarely 85 mm) from snout tip to vent.
- Tail usually equal or slightly longer than snout-vent length.
- Stewart Island and outliers, including some very small, exposed islands.
- Abundant on several offshore islands but rarely encountered on the Stewart Island mainland.
- Not known to co-exist with other members of the Hoplodactylus granulatus species complex.
- Moko-piri-rakau is the Maori name for forest gecko.
- The species part of the scientific name means "cloudy", probably in reference to the drab colour pattern.
- Placed in synonomy of Mokopirirakau granulatus by Thomas (1981), but recognized by Hitchmough (1997) and now widely accepted.
- Notes about 2008-10 cycle of NZ threat classification for Reptiles (Hitchmough et al 2010): Believed to have gone from most of main Stewart Island, recovering on Codfish, Big South Cape, etc.
- Notes about 2012-14 cycle of NZ threat classification for Reptiles: (Hitchmough, et al.
- 2012): Believed to have gone from most of main Stewart Island - uncertain whether they are functionally extinct there (which affects trend assessment).
- Likely to be recovering on Codfish, Taukihepa and other southern islands, but no actual evidence of this.
- Limited access to islands makes it difficult to assess status.
- Taukihepa eradicated of mammals since last listing.
Statistical information and distribution map
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Bone or fossil