This species is not currently known to co-exist with other members of the Hoplodactylus (=Mokopirirakau) granulatus species complex.
The tag name refers to the southern North Island area, where the species is known. In 1881, Buller described Naultinus sylvestris from Wanganui but this species was always considered Mokopirirakau granulatus until recently. The common name 'Ngahere gecko' is was coined by Jewell 2008, possibly in reference to the forest habitat in which it occupies.
This species is distinguished from North Island form of Mokopirirakau granulatus by the presence of ringed scale patterns encircling tail (versus ringed patterns absent in M. granulatus). The actual boundary between the two species, if not sympatric, is unknown (Jewell 2008, Chapple & Hitchmough 2009).
Field (1882) gives the Maori names and superstitions surrounding this species.
Ngahere gecko; Southern North Island forest gecko
A medium sized gecko (~75-85 mm SVL, R. Hitchmough unpub. data, R. Hitchmough pers. comm. in Jewell 2008). Dorsal surfaces grey, brown or olive and a row of (typically) bright blotches, transverse chevron- or W-shaped patches, sometimes with mustard yellow patches or dull red shadings. V-shaped marking on head behind eyes, white stripe between eye and ear. Ventral surface speckled. Eye grey, brown or olive. Mouth lining and tongue bright orange or yellow. Tail longer than SVL.
Mokopirirakau sp. 'Southern North Island forest gecko'
Hoplodactylus sp. 'Southern North Island forest gecko', Mokopirirakau sp. 'Southern North Island forest gecko'
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