Dactylocnemis

Herpetofaunal category
NZ Geckos
Title
Dactylocnemis
Origin
Native

Image attribution: Pacific gecko © Nick Harker

 

The genus Dactylocnemis are a closely related group of geckos which are confined to the North Island of New Zealand. They are regionally distributed (including several island-endemic species), and were once all considered as a single highly-variable species - Hoplodactylus pacificus.  The Pacific gecko, being the earliest described species in the genus has retained the specific name pacificus. Subsequently, five other species have been identified and given 'tag' names while they await formal description