Mokopirirakau nebulosus

Herpetofaunal category
McCann, 1955
Previous scientific names
Hoplodactylus nebulosus
Common names
Cloudy gecko
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Very similar in pattern and colour to the forest gecko (M. granulatus); however, there is usually more green and brown rather than grey, and the pattern is less distinct. The area of the belly is finely speckled. Individuals may undergo minor colour changes. Throat pattern is distinctly mottled. Lining of mouth bright orange, tongue orange with a dark grey patch, eyes large and prominent. Snout more rounded than other species of Mokopirirakau.

Cloudy gecko reach SVL (snout-vent-lengths) of up to 96mm; tail usually shorter or equal to SVL.

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Life expectancy

Estimates for captive animals of the Mokopirirakau species complex range from 20-30 years (D. Keall, personal communication, September 21, 2016).


Stewart Island and outlying islands.

A full distribution map for is available on the Mokipirirakau species complex page.

Ecology and habitat

An arboreal species which inhabit forest and scrub areas, preferring a cold and wet climate.

Social structure

Mokopirirakau species are generally solitary. Vocalisation among Mokopirirakaucan be described as chirrups or shrill squeals when stressed.

Breeding biology

Largely unknown.




Largely unknown.


DOC classify the species as 'recovering'.


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