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