Not part of a recognised cryptic species complex.
The scientific names 'elegans' and 'punctatus' means 'elegant and spotted'. 'Wellington green gecko' refers to the known distribution of this gecko in greater Wellington. The alternative common name proposed by Jewell (2008) of 'barking gecko' refers to the vigorous defensive vocal behaviour. Known from 1843-1885 as Naultinus punctatus, from 1885-1980 as N. elegans, until Robb & Hitchmough (1980) created a subspecific status within N. elegans.
This subspecies does not co-exist with other members of Naultinus.
North Island + tongue black + soles of feet yellow.
Barking gecko; Wellington green gecko
Medium sized, robustly built gecko (90-95 mm SVL, up to 200 mm total length, Robb and Hitchmough 1980, Jewell 2008). Dorsal surface mainly green above, not as vivid or markings as variable as subspecies N. elegans elegans, often with lighter, bluish-green, white or yellow patches on either side of the back. Sides pale blue in adult males. Rarely, some specimens bright yellow. Ventral surfaces pale green. Eye light orange-brown. Mouth lining dark blue; tongue blue or bluish-black. Toes narrow and tapering without expanded pads. Soles of feet and toes yellow which distinguises this subspecies from N. elegans elegans (grey-green soles) and note also differences in size (subspecies elegans smaller) and vocal behaviour (subspecies elegans less vocal). Scales on upper surface of snout enlarged, domed and with rounded margins. Cloacal spurs yellow (Hitchmough 1997,Jewell 2008).
Naultinus elegans punctatus
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