Mokopirirakau 'southern forest'

Mokopirirakau 'southern forest'

Herpetofaunal category
Tautuku gecko on Totara bark
Image attribution
Samuel Purdie
Common names
Tautuku gecko

Description:

Description

A beautiful southern relative of the forest gecko, with a pattern that resembles lichen and often includes shades of yellow or red. Occasionally individuals display bright blue eye colour.

Life expectancy

Unknown

Distribution

Occurs in north-east Southland and south-east Otago. Museum specimens indicate that it also occurred in Riverton.

Ecology and habitat

Occurs in mature forest or scrub, often taking refuge under tree bark or in rock crevices.

Social structure

Unknown.

Breeding biology

Unknown.

Diet

A wide range of invertebrates and fruit / nectar from native plants

Disease

Unknown

Conservation strategy

Tautuku geckos are classified as Threatened - Nationally endangered. They currently do not exist within any pest-free refuges.

Interesting notes

This species was rediscovered in the 1990's after not being reported for several decades.

References

Hoare, J. M., Melgren, P., & Chavel, E. E. (2013). Habitat use by southern forest geckos (Mokopirirakau ‘Southern Forest’) in the Catlins, Southland. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 40(2), 129-136.

van Winkel, D., Baling, M. & Hitchmough, R. (2018) Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand: A field guide. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 376 pp.