Mokopirirakau cryptozoicus (JEWELL & LESCHEN, 2004)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Mokopirirakau cryptozoicus?
|Higher Taxa||Diplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||Takitimu gecko|
|Synonym||Hoplodactylus cryptozoicus JEWELL & LESCHEN 2004|
Mokopirirakau cryptozoicus — NIELSEN et al. 2011
|Distribution||New Zealand (Southland, Takitimu Mts)|
Type locality: New Zealand, SL, southern branch of Spence Burn, Takitimu Mts, grid ref. NZMG 21099 57879, 45°42S, 167°51E, 1140m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: NMNZ, Re. 2514, juvenile female: 14 March 1996, Tony Jewell.|
|Comment||Hoplodactylus cryptozoicus is most similar to the Stewart Island species H. nebulosus (McCann) and the more widespread species H. granulatus by the sharing of similar colouration and the presence of orange or yellow mouth lining, a character which is also shared with the species H. kahutarae.|
Diagnosis: A medium-sized Hoplodactylus (86–87mm SVL); mouth lining bright orange with a pink tongue; tail shorter than SVL; body scales minute (average length 0.002 x SVL); 1–2 internasal scales present; colour pattern grey with variable markings involving an overall herringboned pattern, often decorated with (or replaced by) irregular orange patches. Distinguished from all described congeners by the combination of mouth colour and tail length.
|Etymology||The name cryptozoicus, masculine and used as an adjective, is derived from a combination of the Greek words kryptos (hidden) and zoikos (living), referring to the subsurface scree habitat.|
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