Photo of the week: Harlequin gecko

Department of Conservation —  22/02/2017 — 4 Comments

Today’s photo is of a rare harlequin gecko/tukutuku rakiurae.

This species of gecko is endemic to Stewart Island/Rakiura in the far south of New Zealand, where it was discovered in 1969.

harlequin

The harlequin gecko is probably the most southern member of the gecko family. At 47° south of the equator, with low sunshine hours and frequent rainfall, Stewart Island is a challenging environment for reptiles.

DOC has classified the harlequin gecko as Nationally Vulnerable under the New Zealand Threat Classification System.

Photo: James Reardon.

4 responses to Photo of the week: Harlequin gecko

  1. 
    Colin Williams 19/03/2017 at 3:30 pm

    A lovely critter.

  2. 

    I agree. The most handsome gecko I’ve ever seen!

  3. 

    This is BEAUTIFUL – it looks as if it is made out of myriad tiny beads.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s