This gecko is part of the Hoplodactylus (=Dactylocnemis) pacificus species-complex and co-exists on Matapia Island with the smaller, striped Dactylocnemis sp. 'Matapia'.
The tag name is a reference to the general North Cape area. This species was regarded as Hoplodactylus pacificus since 1980 (Ogle et al 1980, Hitchmough 1997). Unpublished data by R. Hitchmough has led to the realization of a potential putative species since 2000, thereafter refered to as Hoplodactylus sp. 'North Cape Pacific gecko' (now Dactylocnemis sp. 'North Cape Pacific gecko'.
This gecko is part of the Hoplodactylus (=Dactylocnemis) pacificus species-complex, and is very similar to Dactylocnemis pacificus and separation may require genetic analysis. This species may also be confused with Woodworthia maculatus but rostral scale contacts the nostrils (versus does not contact in W. maculatus).
North Cape Pacific gecko; Northcape gecko
A medium sized gecko (~65-76 mm SVL on mainland, up to 75 mm on Matapia Island, 9-11 g in weight; R. Hitchmough unpub. data, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008). Dorsal surfaces brown, grey or olive with paler dorsal bands, blotches, chevrons or stripes overlaid with bands or blotches. Sometimes with a bright mustard-yellow patch across nape, and additional blotches of the same colour may occur along the body and tail. Head and snout markings indistinct. Ventral surfaces uniform, never speckled. Mouth lining and tongue pink, tongue often with grey tip, and often with white-yellowish markings around lips. Eye brown. Rostral contacts nostrils, Upper labial scales 11-12, lower labial scales 9-11, pointed, cloacal spurs in series of 3-4, precloacal pores do not extend onto limbs, lamellae 10-12 (R. Hitchmough unpub. data, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008).
Dactylocnemis sp. 'North Cape Pacific gecko'
Hoplodactylus sp. 'North Cape', Dactylocnemis sp. 'North Cape Pacific gecko'
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