Part of the Hoplodactylus (=Woodworthia) maculatus species-complex. Largely parapatric, but may possibly overlap in northern range with W. sp. 'Marlborough mini'. Woodworthia brunneus are generally larger (65+mm SVL) than W. sp. 'Marlborough mini' (50-60mm SVL) and the rostral scale is usually in contact with nostril (versus widely excluded in W. sp. 'Marlborough mini').
This species was described by Cope 1868, but had been synonymized into Hoplodactylus pacificus by McCann (1955) and H. maculatus (Robb & Rowlands 1977), until Hitchmough 1997 recognised the species.
Lamellae curved; mouth colour pink; 53—80 mm SVL; body colour brown; iris grey-brown to yellow; looks similar to Woodworthia sp. 'Central Otago' and W. sp. 'Otago large' but the markings, particularly on the tail, include large blackish patches (Hitchmough 1997, Jewell 2006).
Size variation in Woodworthia brunneus is between, rather than within, populations (Freeman 1993).
Brown gecko; Canterbury gecko
A small to medium sized gecko (SVL 53—80mm, Hitchmough 1997, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008). Dorsal surfaces brown, grey or olive with paler blotches, chrevrons or longitudinal or transverse stripes, and large blackish patches especially on the intact tail. Narrow or broad pale canthal stripe running from nostril to eye. Ventral surfaces pale, uniform or occassionally spotted. Mouth lining pink, tongue pink with grey tip. Eye greenish, brown or yellow, large in size. Smaller in coastal dunelands (53-68mm SVL), larger in forest and rock bluff environments (68-80mm SVL). Rostrals scale contacts or virtually contacts nostrils. Distal phalange straight, lamellae 9-12 (Hitchmough 1997, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008). Tail length is equal to SVL (McIvor 1972).
Hoplodactylus sp. 'Canterbury'.
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