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Higher TaxaDiplodactylidae, Gekkota, Sauria, Squamata (lizards: geckos)
Common NamesE: Common Green Gecko , Green Tree Gecko, Auckland green gecko
G: Grüner Baumgecko 
SynonymNaultinus elegans GRAY 1842: 72
Naultinus elegans — GRAY 1843: 203
Gymnodactylus Elegans — DUMÉRIL 1851
Gymnodactylus elegans — DUMÉRIL 1856
Hoplodactylus elegans — FITZINGER 1861
Naultinus elegans — BULLER 1870: 7
Naultinus sulphureus BULLER 1871
Naultinus elegans — BOULENGER 1885: 168
Naultinus grayi — HUTTON & DRUMMOND 1905 (partim)
Naultinus elegans form elegans — MCCANN 1955 (partim)
Naultinus elegans form sulphureus — MCCANN 1955
Naultinus elegans form ocellatus — MCCANN 1955
Naultinulus elegans — CHRAPLIWY et al. 1961 (partim)
Naultinus elegans elegans — ROBB & HITCHMOUGH 1980
Naultinus elegans elegans — RÖSLER 2000: 96
Naultinus elegans — NIELSEN et al. 2011
Naultinus elegans — RÖSLER 2018: 43 
DistributionNew Zealand (N North Island, except Northland)

Type locality: Auckland, New Zealand.

not recognized anymore:

pentagonalis: Type locality: Hampden, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.

sulphureus: Type locality: Rotorua, North Island.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.8.22.36 
CommentSubspecies: Naultinus elegans punctatus GRAY 1843 has been elevated to full species status.

Type Species: Naultinus elegans GRAY 1842 is the type species of the genus Naultinus GRAY 1842.

Definition (genus). Pupil straight-edged; subdigital lamellae straight, ex- tend uninterrupted to base of claws; ventral skin opaque; dorsal skin coloration partly to entirely bright green or rarely bright yel- low (except some male N. gemmeus, N. rudis and N. stellatus); mouth lining pigmented, tongue pigmented; precloacal pores con- tinuous with femoral pores on under surface of thighs; SVL < 95 mm [after NIELSEN et al. 2011]. 
  • Barts, M. & Hulbert, F. 2004. Die Geckos der Welt. Draco 5 (18): 4-17 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1885. Catalogue of the lizards in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. Geckonidae, Eublepharidae, Uroplatidae, Pygopodidae, Agamidae. London: 450 pp. - get paper here
  • Buller, W. 1871. A list of the lizards inhabiting New Zealand, with descriptions. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute, 3 [1870]:4-11 - get paper here
  • Colenso, W. 1880. Notes and observations on the animal economy and habits of one of our New Zealand lizards, supposed to be a new species of Naultinus. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute, 12 [1879]:251-264.
  • Cree, Alison and Kelly M. Hare 2016. Reproduction and Life History of New Zealand Lizards. in: Chapple, D.G. (ed). New Zealand Lizards. Springer, pp. 169-206 - get paper here
  • Gaulke, M. & Altenbach, A. 2003. 100% pure New Zealand. Reptilia (Münster) 8 (41): 56-63 - get paper here
  • Gray, J. E. 1843. Descriptions of the reptiles and Amphibia hitherto observed in New Zealand. Pp. 202-206. In Dieffenbach, E., Travels in New Zealand. J. Murray, London, 396 pp. - get paper here
  • Gray, J.E. 1842. Description of two hitherto unrecorded species of reptiles from New Zealand; presented to the British Museum by Dr. Dieffenbach. Zoological Miscellany 2: 72.Treuttel, Würtz & Co., London. - get paper here
  • Henle, K. 1981. Die Herpetofauna Neuseelands, Teil 4: Endemische Geckos. Herpetofauna 3 (15): 16-19 - get paper here
  • Hitchmough, Rodney A.; Geoffrey B. Patterson, and David G. Chapple 2016. Putting a Name to Diversity: Taxonomy of the New Zealand Lizard Fauna. in: Chapple, D.G. (ed). New Zealand Lizards. Springer, pp. 87-108 - get paper here
  • McCann, C. 1955. The lizards of New Zealand. Gekkonidae and Scincidae. Dominion Museum Bulletin (17): 1—127.
  • Nielsen, Stuart V.; Aaron M. Bauer, Todd R. Jackman, Rod A. Hitchmough and Charles H. Daugherty 2011. New Zealand geckos (Diplodactylidae): Cryptic diversity in a post-Gondwanan lineage with trans-Tasman affinities. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 59 (1): 1-22 - get paper here
  • Robb, J. & Hitchmough, R.A. 1980. REVIEW OF THE GENUS Naultinus Gray (REPTILIA:GEKKONIDAE). Rec. Auckland Inst. Mus. 16: 189-200
  • Robb,J. 1986. New Zealand Amphibians and Reptiles in Colour, Revised Edition. Collins, Auckland
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Kommentierte Liste der rezent, subrezent und fossil bekannten Geckotaxa (Reptilia: Gekkonomorpha). Gekkota 2: 28-153
  • Rösler, H. 2000. Studien an den Begattungsorganen der Geckos (Reptilia: Gekkota) - 3. Die Hemipenismorphologie von Arten der Gattungen Hoplodactylus FITZINGER 1843, Naultinus GRAY 1842, Oedura GRAY 1842, Rhacodactylus FITZINGER 1843 und Strophurus FITZINGER 1843 (Gek Gekkota 2: 220-248
  • Rösler, H. 2018. Haftbar -- Die einzigartige Welt der Geckos. Begleitheft zur Ausstellung im Naturkundemuseum Erfurt Mai-Aug 2018, 96 pp.
  • Rösler, Herbert 2017. Gecko-Chorologie (Squamata: Gekkota). Gekkota (4): 1-160
  • Rowlands, Rod 1996. The green tree gecko. Reptile & Amphibian Magazine (Feb 1996): 12-19
  • Rowlands, Rod 2002. Selective Breeding of the Green Tree Gecko, Naultinus elegans elegans. Gekko 3 (2): 41-44
  • van Winkel, D., Baling, M. & Hitchmough, R. 2018. Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand: A field guide. Auckland University Press, Auckland, 376 pp
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