Hoplodactylus delcourti

Herpetofaunal category
Bauer & Russell, 1986
Common names
Kawekaweau gecko
Delcourt's giant gecko
Hoplodactylus delcourti
Image attribution

Kawekaweau are an extinct species of gecko, known from one mounted specimen held at the Natural History Museum in Marseille, France (discovered in the basement in 1986). The species is the largest of all gecko species (370mm snout to vent), the specimen has a yellowish/brown dorsal surface with darker reddish/brown stripes running longitudinally down the body. It is believed to be an endemic species to New Zealand, recorded in Māori oral stories.


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