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Dactylocnemis pacificus
Pacific Gecko

Previously Hoplodactylus pacificus


The markings on this species may often be brighter and with greater contrast compared to the H. maculatus (Common Gecko). Size – SVL up to 95mm.


Widespread throughout the North Island and offshore islands in the north.


Nocturnal, hiding during the day, and rarely seen basking.


Lives on the ground, but will climb trees. Found in a variety of habitats.


Photos:Dick Veitch
Photos used with permission from the Information Resource Centre, Department of Conservation
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