Part of the Hoplodactylus (=Dactylocnemis) pacificus species-complex, but not known to co-exist with other members of the species-complex, however identity of some populations within the Three Kings Island group yet to be confirmed by genetic data. Specimens examined to date are all from Great King Island, therefore the identity of populations on the other islands of the group requires confirmation.
The tag name refers to the island group in which the species occurs. From 1955 included in Hoplodactylus pacificus, since 1994 either included in H. pacificus, or as H. sp. 'Three Kings'.
Geographically isolated from other gecko species in Dactylocnemis.
Three Kings gecko
A large, robust gecko (85-100 mm SVL; Hitchmough 1997, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008). Dorsal surfaces brown, grey, or olive with highly variable markings from longitudinal stripes, transverse blotches, or chevron-shaped markings. Head with dark V-shaped marking on top of head behind eyes, diffuse, dark-edged pale stripe from eye to ear, often with diffuse denticulate markings on lips. Some specimens have a bright mustard-yellow crescent on the nape of the neck, and often with blotches of the same colour along the rest of the body and tail. Ventral surfaces pale uniform. Eye large, very dark brown. Mouth lining and tongue pink, often with grey tip. Rostral contacts nostrils, upper labial scales 12-14, lower labials scales 13-14, pointed cloacal spurs in series of 3, precloacal pores do not extend onto limbs, lamellae 15-16. Webbing between toes 2, 3 and 4 distinct (Hitchmough 1997, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008).
Dactylocnemis sp. 'Three Kings gecko'
Hoplodactylus sp. 'Three Kings', Dactylocnemis sp. 'Three Kings'
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