The tag name refers to the locality of the species, and the generic name refers to the characteristic yellow-orange colouring around the edges of the lips. Prior to 1980, this species was regarded as N. elegans; since 1980 to 1994 as N. grayii [=N. grayi] (Robb & Hitchmough 1980, Ogle et al 1985), and post-1994 as either N. grayii =[N. grayi] or N. sp.'North Cape green gecko'. It was Ogle et al 1985 whom first commented on the distinctive appearance of this gecko, stating that the "N. grayii in the far north differed from those further south in having an orange tongue and lips and an indigo mouth".
Geographically isolated from similar species, but can be distinguished from N. grayi by presence of red or orange on mouth lining of lower jaw (versus solid bright blue) and much smaller size.
North Island only, tongue red, orange/yellow lips.
North Cape green gecko; Yellow-lipped gecko
A small, slender green gecko around 55-70mm SVL, similar in size and build to N. e. elegans (R. Hitchmough unpub. data, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008). Bright green, often with rows of white or yellow spots or stripes finely edged in black. Yellow specimens have been recorded, with a greenish tinge. The mouth lining is pale lilac-blue or fleshy red, the inside of the lips yellow-orange, and tongue fleshy-red. Yellow-orange markings can be seen at the corners of the closed mouth and around the nostrils. Undersurface of female pale green, males pale blue. Eye light orange-brown. Scales on upper surface of snout enlarged, domed and with rounded margins.
Naultinus sp. 'North Cape green gecko'
Naultinus sp. 'North Cape'
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