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Tukutuku rakiurae (Thomas, 1981)
Harlequin Gecko

Previously Hoplodactylus rakiurae


Possibly NZ’s most distinctive gecko with large bordered spots in rows along the body, and on the head. Dull pink mouth interior. Narrow toes without wide pads. Grows < 71mm SV.


Found only in southern parts of Stewart Island, an island situated off the southern coast of the South Island. Very windswept location. Probably the most southerly of the gecko family.


Nocturnal. Sun basks on warm and sunny days


Lives in scrub, tussock and rocky outcrops


Photo: Ray Downing

Photo: David Wilkinson
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