This species does not co-exist with other members of the Dactylocnemis pacificus species complex.
The tag name refers to the island group in which the species occurs. Previously regarded as Hoplodacylus pacificus (part) (Whitaker 1968, Robb & Rowlands 1977, Robb 1980, Bauer 1990). Since 1994, usually known as H. sp. 'Poor Knights', and currently as Dactylocnemis 'Poor Knights'.
This species is geographically isolated from similar species.
Femoral pores absent, only 2-3 small cloacal spurs (R. Hitchmough unpub. data, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008).
Poor Knights gecko
A large and robust gecko (~85-95 mm SVL, Hitchmough 1997, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008). Dorsal surface with highly variable colour markings, including longitudinal stripes, transverse blotches, or chevro-shaped markings on a dull brown, grey or olive background on dorsum of body; head with dark V-shaped marking on top of head behind eyes, diffuse, dark-edged pale stripe from eye to ear, often with diffuse denticulate markings on lips. Sometimes with a bright mustard-yellow patch across nape, and additional blotches of the same colour may occur along the body and tail. Ventral surface uniform and pale. Mouth lining and tongue pink. Eye large and brown. Rostral contacts nostrils, upper labial scales 8-13, lower labial scales 9-12, small pointed cloacal spurs in series of 2-3 (Jewell 2008) or 3-4 (Hitchmough 1997), precloacal pores do not extend onto limbs, webbing between toes 2, 3, and 4 distinct, lamellae 11-16 (Hitchmough 1997, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008).
Dactylocnemis sp. 'Poor Knights gecko'
Hoplodactylus sp. 'Poor Knights', Dactylocnemis sp. 'Poor Knights'
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