- Scientific name:
- Woodworthia "Southern Alps"
- Common name:
- southern Alps gecko
- Naming authority:
- Bio status category:
- Indigenous (Endemic)
- IUCN threat status:
- ** Not Classified **
- NZ threat classification:
- Not Threatened
Refer to www.doc.govt.nz/nztcs for NZ threat classification system details.
- Scree, outcrops, talus slopes and creviced bluffs (mostly among greywacke rock) and associated scrubby vegetation.
- Limited occurrence in creviced schist habitat (Wanaka, Hawea).
- Sparse records from beech and kanuka forests.
- Lowlands up to at 1800 m above sea level.
- Largely nocturnal, but sun-basks at entrance to retreat.
- Usually terrestrial but may climb shrubs and dense vines at night; some populations arboreal.
- Typically grey, but in some areas often dark olive with dull pink shadings, or brown.
- Markings consist of bands or blotches (or rarely stripes) that are usually drab, and some animals in Canterbury are silver-streaked in appearance.
- Undersurface speckled, or in Otago sometimes uniform.
- Often with narrow, pale stripe running from nostril to eye.
- Mouth lining pink, tongue pink with grey tip.
- Eye greenish or brown, sometimes with a blue edge.
- Measures 50-65 mm from snout tip to vent (in high altitudes sometimes up to 73 mm snout-vent length).
- Inland areas from northern Otago (Wanaka, Chain Hills, Hawkdun Range and Kye Burn) northwards through the mountainous and arid regions of Canterbury, to southern Marlborough.
- Occurs on all islands in Lakes Wanaka and Hawea except Ruby Island.
- Notes about 2012-14 cycle of NZ threat classification for Reptiles: (Hitchmough, et al.
- 2012): Poaching has occurred recently, but widespread and locally abundant in many habitats.
- 2020: Recircumscribed to split northern populations off as a separate taxon.
Statistical information and distribution map
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Live or dead specimen or shed skin
Bone or fossil