Tukutuku rakiurae (THOMAS, 1981)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Tukutuku rakiurae?
|Higher Taxa||Diplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)|
|Common Names||E: Harlequin gecko|
|Synonym||Hoplodactylus rakiurae THOMAS 1981|
Hoplodactylus rakiurae — KLUGE 1993
Hoplodactylus rakiurae — RÖSLER 1995: 71
Tukutuku rakiurae — NIELSEN et al. 2011
Tukutuku kurakiurae — BAUER 2013 (plates; in error)
|Distribution||New Zealand (Southern Stewart Island)|
Type locality: southern Tin Range, Stewart Island (47°8'30"S, 167°44'30"E).
|Types||Holotype: NMNZ R1825, adult female; paratypes: NMNZ|
|Diagnosis||Definition (genus). Pupils with crenulated margins; scansorial pads of digits II–V not continuous along length of entire digit, a short series of fragmented scales separate lamellae from claw base; toes narrow, with straight lamellae; apical plates present at the base of claws of all digits of the pes; ventral skin opaque; dorsal body pattern with complex chevron pattern; mouth lining and tongue pigmented; precloacal pores of males continuous with femoral pores on under surface of thighs; SVL to 71 mm [NIELSEN et al. 2011].|
|Comment||Distribution: Gecko with one of the most southern distribution (except some South American species which may get further south).|
Type species: Tukutuku rakiurae (Thomas, 1981) is the type species of the genus Tukutuku NIELSEN et al. 2011.
|Etymology||Etymology (genus): A Maori word for ornamental lattice-work, often intricate and beautiful, referring to the sole species’ unique dorsal coloration pattern. Maori nouns typically have no gender, but we treat Tukutuku as masculine for the purposes of nomenclatural construction. The specific name is derived from “Rakiura”, the Maori name for Stewart Island.|
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