- Scientific name:
- Woodworthia cf. brunnea
- Common name:
- Waitaha gecko
- Naming authority:
- Cope, 1869
- 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 trees; retreat sites are beneath loose bark or in deep hollows, often on standing dead trees.
- Creviced rock outcrops, bluffs and rock tumbles, and associated scrubby vegetation.
- Coastlines and dunelands among rocks, driftwood, scrub and pohuehue.
- Primarily in lowland areas.
- Brown, grey or olive with paler bands, blotches or stripes that are usually bright, and large blackish patches (especially on the intact tail).
- Usually with a narrow or broad pale stripe running from nostril to eye.
- Undersurface uniform.
- Mouth lining pink, tongue pink with grey tip.
- Eye greenish, brown or yellow and often very large.
- Measures 53-80 mm from snout tip to vent.
- Specimens from coastal duneland habitat are distinctly smaller (53-68 mm between snout and vent) than those from adjacent forest/rock bluff environments (68-80 mm between snout and vent).
- Canterbury Plains and Banks Peninsula, to southern Marlborough.
- This species shows substantial variation in size related to geography.
- Often very abundant, and may form aggregations in large retreat sites.
- Lifespan can exceed 36 years.
- Long considered to be a junior synonym of Woodworthia maculatus, but validity as a separate species demonstrated by Hitchmough (1997).
- Known also by the tag name of Woodworthia aff maculatus "Canterbury".
- Notes about 2008-10 cycle of NZ threat classification for Reptiles (Hitchmough et al 2010): Secure on Motunau, threatened by development.
- Notes about 2012-14 cycle of NZ threat classification for Reptiles: (Hitchmough, et al.
- 2012): Lots of individuals suspected lost on the Port Hills and Banks Peninsula through the earthquakes and subsequent rock blasting.
- However, still widespread and relatively large population.
- Continued threats and decline from development (e.
- wind farms, forestry, fragmentation etc).
- Management qualifier triggered by biosecurity on Motunau.
Statistical information and distribution map
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Live or dead specimen or shed skin
Bone or fossil