H. sp. 'Mokohinaus' is a part of the Pacific gecko, H. pacificus species complex but are geographically isolated from the other members of this complex.
The tag name is a reference to the species' endemic occupancy of the Mokohinau islands. Inculded in Hoplodactylus pacificus by McCann 1955 and Robb & Rowlands 1977. Unpublished data in 2000 by R. Hitchmough indicated that this was an additional putative species within the H. pacificus species complex, and thereafter refered to as H. sp. 'Mokohinaus'.
This species may be confused with Woodworthia maculatus but rostral scale contacts the nostrils (versus does not contact in W. maculatus). Dactylocnemis sp. 'Mokohinau gecko' are however geographically isolated from all similar species.
A large and robust species, reaching around 80-90 mm SVL (R. Hitchmough unpub. data, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008). This species is highly variable in colour and pattern with longitudinal stripes, transverse blotches or chevron-like markings on a brown, grey or olive base. Flecking or mottling occurs on whole body. A dark -shaped mark may be present on top of head and a pale stripe runs from the eye to ear, bordered with dark edges. Deniculate markings may occur around mouth.. Occasional specimens may have a bright mustard-yellow crescet across nape, and sometimes also additional blotches of the same colour may occur along the body and tail. Ventral surface may be pale and unmarked or heavily speckled. Mouth lining and tongue pink. Eye brown. Rostral contacts nostril. Upper labial scales 11-13, lower labial scales 10-12, pointed cloacal spurs in series fo 4-5, precloacal pores do not extend onto limbs, lamellae 11-13, webbing between toes 2, 3, and 4 distinct (R. Hitchmough unpub. data, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008).
Dactylocnemis sp. 'Mokohinau gecko'
Hoplodactylus sp. 'Mokohinaus', Dactylocnemis sp. 'Mokohinau gecko'.
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