Stephen's Island gecko

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Stephen's Island gecko
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Diplodactylidae
Genus: Toropuku
Species: T. stephensi
Binomial name
Toropuku stephensi
(Robb, 1980)
  • Hoplodactylus stephensi
    Robb, 1980
  • Toropuku stephensi
    Nielsen et al., 2011

The Stephen's Island gecko or Cook Strait striped gecko[2] (Toropuku stephensi ), is a species of gecko in the monotypic genus Toropuku in the family Diplodactylidae. The species is endemic to New Zealand. The holotype is in the collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.[3]

Conservation Status[edit]

As of 2012 the Department of Conservation (DOC) classified the Stephen's Island gecko as Nationally Vulnerable under the New Zealand Threat Classification System.[2]


  1. ^ "Toropuku stephensi ". The Reptile Database.
  2. ^ a b Hitchmough, Rod; Anderson, Peter; Barr, Ben; Monks, Jo; Lettink, Marieke; Reardon, James; Tocher, Mandy; Whitaker, Tony. "Conservation status of New Zealand reptiles, 2012" (PDF). Department of Conservation. The Government of New Zealand. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Hoplodactylus stephensi Robb, 1980; holotype". Collections Online. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Nielsen, Stuart V.; Bauer, Aaron M.; Jackman, Todd R.; Hitchmough, Rod A.; Daugherty, Charles H. (2011). "New Zealand geckos (Diplodactylidae): Cryptic diversity in a post-Gondwanan lineage with trans-Tasman affinities". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 59 (1): 1-22. (Toropuku, new genus; T. stephensi, new combination).
  • Robb, Joan (1980). "Three new species of gekkonid lizards, genera Hoplodactylus Fitzinger and Heteropholis Fischer, from New Zealand". Nat. Mus. New Zealand Rec. 1 (19): 305-310. (Hoplodactylus stephensi, new species).

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