This species is geographically isolated from other similar species.
The scientific name means 'cloudy' or 'murky', probably in reference to the colour pattern. First described by McCann (1955) but placed into synonomy with Hoplodactylus granulatus (=Mokopirirakau granulatus by Thomas (1981) . This species was later recognized by Hitchmough (1997) and is now widely accepted. From 1955-1980 known as Heterpholis nebulosus. 1980-1994 Hoplodactylus granulatus (part) or Hoplodactylus nebulosus. From 1994 to present, known as Hoplodactylus nebulosus.
This species is geographically isolated from other similar species. The colour and pattern is similar to Mokopirirakau. granulatus but usully more brown or green rather than grey, and pattern less distinct. Belly finely speckled. Snout more blunt and rounded than in Mokopirirakau granulatus.
Tongue orange with grey patch.
This species reach a larger size on the Boat Island group (85mm SVL cf. 76-80mm SVL) (Jewell & Leschen 2004).
A medium sized gecko, up to 76–80mm SVL. Adults on the Boat Islands can reach up to 85mm (Jewell & Leschen 2004). Tail usually equal or slightly longer than SVL 1.01–1.06x SVL (Jewell & Leschen 2004). Dorsal surface olive-grey to dark pinkish-brown (rarely dark olive-green). Individuals usually only undergo minor colour changes. Patterned with drab W-shaped bands or broad herringbone patches, often with broad stripes on neck and shoulders. Dorsal neck stripes broad and complete. Throat patterning distinctly mottled. Overall effect very drab and moss-like. Ventral surface speckled or with drab, irregular longitudinal stripes. Dark blackish-grey speckles on dorsal and ventral surfaces usually prominent. Eye colour olive-grey, iris with indistinct black edge, which is often absent. Eyes usually large and prominent. Mouth lining bright orange, tongue orange with a dark grey patch.
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