This gecko is not known to co-exist with other members of the Hoplodactylus (=Mokopirirakau granulatus) species complex.
This gecko is named after the locality in which it was found.
Only two specimens have been recorded (a juvenile animal and a photograph of another animal). Adult size is unknown, but likely to be about 70-85mm SVL. The juvenile was dark grey-brown with grey chevron markings and scattered spots of mustard-yellow, speckled undersurface, bright orange mouth and a grey-brown grey-brown. The taxonomic status of Mokopirirakau sp. ‘Cupola’ is still undecided (Chapple & Hitchmough 2009). While M. sp. 'Cupola' had distinctive markings on the snout. and a less marked undersurface, it is otherwise not greatly different from M. granulatus (Chapple & Hitchmough 2009). The limited evidence from this population did not include any material for genetic analysis. The single juvenile was found by John Pearson during red deer research near the DSIR/NZFS hut in the Cupola Basin in 1968. It was found by day in a scrubby boulder-field above above the hut. Further searches of the area in 2006 failed to detect any geckos.
Mokopirirakau sp. 'Cupola'
Hoplodactylus sp. 'Cupola', Mokopirirakau sp. 'Cupola'
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