This species is a member of the Hoplodactylus (=Woodworthia) maculatus species complex, and may be distinguished from the parapatric neighbour species W. sp. 'Cromwell' by the less prominent canthal stripe (Jewell 2008). The species is also sympatric with W. sp. 'Otago large', which reaches over 73 mm SVL and is 300% heavier (Hitchmough 1997, Whitaker et al 2002).
The tag name refers to the known distribution of this species. Jewell (2008) proposed the common name 'schist gecko' in reference to the habitat preference of these geckos. Earlier tag names used for the following various populations ('Central Otago', 'Clutha Valley' and 'Manorburn' populations of Hoplodactylus 'Otago' in Hitchmough (1997)) have now been synonymised under Woodworthia sp. 'Central Otago'.
Central Otago gecko; Schist gecko
A small gecko (53–71 mm SVL, Hitchmough 1997, Jewell 2006, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008). Dorsal surfaces mid- to dark brown or olive-brown, markings higly variable and include longitudinal or tranverse pale bands or blotches. Atypical colour variation has included olive-green, straw-brown, light to dark grey and even yellowish specimens, and some are partially or fully striped. Canthal stripe absent, or narrow and indistinct. Ventral surface light grey, often with darker grey flecks. Eye light to dark brown, grey-brown or yellowish, and sometimes has a greenish tint. Mouth colour is pink, with grey tip. Often appears flattened in appearance, but not always. Rostral contacts or narrowly excludes nostril. Toe-pads slightly expanded, with 9-12 curved lamellae, distal phalange straight and narrow (Hitchmough 1997, Jewell 2006, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008).
Woodworthia sp. 'Central Otago'
Hoplodactylus sp. 'Central Otago', Woodworthia sp. 'Central Otago'
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