Toropuku stephensi (ROBB, 1980)
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|Higher Taxa||Diplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Stephen’s Sticky-toed Gecko, Stephens Island Gecko, Striped Gecko|
|Synonym||Hoplodactylus stephensi ROBB 1980|
Hoplodactylus pacificus — SHARELL 1966 (partim)
Hoplodactylus stephensi — KLUGE 1993
Hoplodactylus stephensi — RÖSLER 2000: 90
Toropuku stephensi — NIELSEN et al. 2011
Tukutuku stephensi — ADAMS et al. 2017: 26 (in error)
Toropuku stephensi — ADAMS et al. 2017: 32
|Distribution||New Zealand (Stephens and Maud Islands, Cook Strait, northern Coromandel Peninsula of the North Island)|
Type locality: Stephens Island.
|Types||Holotype: NMNZ R1858 (1980 Hoplodactylus stephensi Robb)|
|Diagnosis||Definition (genus). Pupils with crenulated margins; scansorial pad not continuous along length of distal phalanx; toes narrow, with straight lamellae; apical plates present at base of claw of digit I only; ventral skin opaque; dorsum clearly striped; mouth lining/ tongue partly pigmented; precloacal pore series in males extending almost to knee; SVL to 80 mm [NIELSEN et al. 2011].|
Diagnosis: A medium sized Hoplodactylus; nostril in contact with rostral; rostral approximately twice as broad as deep; mental foursided, wider anteriorly than posteriorly; length of dilated portion of 4th toe approximlltely 3.0 times its width and 2.0 times the length of the distal phalange; inferior lamellae of digits straight-edged, anterior lamellae sometimes slightly curved; males with 6 to 9 series of preanal pores, and 4 to 5 long series of femoral pores; 3 enlarged, pointed scales on each side of hemipenial pouches. Colour basically light brown or tan with longitudinal stripes of lighter and darker shades.
|Comment||Type species: Hoplodactylus stephensi ROBB 1980 is the type species of the genus Toropuku NIELSEN et al. 2011.|
|Etymology||Etymology (genus): Derived from the Maori word meaning ‘‘secret or stealthy’’ referring to the cryptic habits of and low levels of knowl- edge about the only species in the genus. Maori nouns typically have no gender, but we treat Toropuku as masculine for the pur- poses of nomenclatural construction.|
Etymology (species): named after the type locality, Stephens Island. The Island was named by James Cook on 31 March 1770 for a Secretary of the Board of Admiralty.
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