A member of the Hoplodactylus (=Mokopirirakau) granulatus species-complex but not known to co-exist with other members of the species-complex. Similar to M. sp. 'Cascades' which exist to the south but speckled ventral surface of M. sp. 'Okarito' distinguish them from H. sp. 'Cascades' which have striped or uniform surfaces ventrally, however some M. sp. 'Cascades' may also have speckled ventral surface, and separation may require genetic analysis (R. Hitchmough unpub. data, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008).
A reference to the geographic location where the first animals were recorded.
Similar to Mokopirirakau granulatus which ranges to the north, but M. sp. 'Okarito' is more robust and has a heavily blotched undersurface (R. Hitchmough unpub. data, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008). The distribution limits of M. sp 'Okarito' is poorly understood, but it occurs very close to the known range of M. granulatus in Okarito Lagoon area.
Okarito forest gecko; Okarito gecko
A medium sized but robust gecko (R. Hitchmough unpub. data, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008). Dorsal surfaces dark grey or brown with drab W- or H-shaped markings, sometimes with dull orange shadings and irregular bright lemon-yellow patches. Ventral surfaces speckled. Mouth lining and tongue bright orange. Eye brownish. Enlarged apical plates (beneath the toe next to the claw) absent from all toes. Scales are extremely pointed, giving a rough-skinned appearance. Size about 75-85mm SVL (R. Hitchmough unpub. data, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008).
Mokopirirakau sp. 'Okarito forest gecko'
Hoplodactylus sp. 'Okarito', Mokopirirakau sp. 'Okarito forest gecko'
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