This species is known to co-exist with at least one other member of the Hoplodactylus (=Woodworthia) maculatus species complex (W. sp. 'Marlborough mini') to which it is very similar but has bolder patterning, mental scale triangular (versus usually trapezium-shaped in W. sp. 'Marlborough mini'), and has 11-12 lamellae (versus usually 9-10 in W. sp 'Marlborough mini') (Hitchmough 1997, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008). Otherwise, geographically isolated from similar species.
The tag name refer to the known distribution of the species. Known as Hoplodactylus maculatus [part] or H. sp. 'Northern Kaikouras' (1994-1997), since 1997 as H. sp. 'Kaikouras'.
Cloacal spurs domed, rostral widely excluded from nostril, mental trapezium-shaped (Hitchmough 1997, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008).
Kaikoura gecko; Kaikouras gecko
A small gecko (60-65 mm SVL, Hitchmough 1997, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008). Dorsal surfaces pale grey-brown or olive-brown, with distinct pale transverse bands. Head often has a dark V-shaped mark above eyes but has no other markings. Canthal stripe straight, prominent bordered by broad, dark-brown stripe. Ventral surfaces uniform. Mouth lining pink, tongue pink with grey tip. Eye colour brown. Rostral well in contact with nostril. Mental scale triangular. Distal phalange tapering or occassionally straight, lamellae 10-12 (Hitchmough 1997, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008).
Woodworthia sp. 'Kaikouras'
Hoplodactylus sp. 'Kaikouras', Woodworthia sp. 'Kaikouras'
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