This species is part of the Hoplodactylus (=Woodworthia) maculatus species complex but is geographically isolated from most similar species. It is similar to W. sp. 'Southern Alps', but has more lamellae (11-14 whereas W. sp. 'Southern Alps' have 9-10, (R. Hitchmough unpub. data, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008).
The tag name 'Mt Arthur' refers to the early known distribution of the species. The new common name 'Kahurangi' proposed by Jewell (2008) refers to the greater north west Nelson area.
Woodworthia sp. 'Mount Arthur' has ben recorded near the known distribution of W. maculatus, from which it can be distinguished by the rostral scale narrowly in contact with the nostril (versus not quite contacting in W. maculatus).
Anatoki gecko; Kahurangi gecko; Mount Arthur gecko
A small gecko (60-68 mm SVL, Hitchmough 1997, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008). Dorsal surface dark grey with blotches or chevron-shaped transverse markings with scattered fine speckles. Canthal stripe straight, usually prominent, bordered by broad, dark-brown stripe. Mouth lining pink, tongue pink with grey tip. Eye brown, sometimes with olive green mottling. Rostral in contact with nostril. Distal phalange tapering, lamellae 11-12 (Hitchmough 1997, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008). The Anatoki Ra population is unusual in having a split rostral, forming two scales (R. Hitchmough unpub. data).
Woodworthia sp. 'Mount Arthur'
Hoplodactylus sp. 'Mt Arthur', Woodworthia sp. 'Mt Arthur'
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