Jewelled gecko

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For the Australian species called jewelled gecko, see Strophurus elderi
Jewelled gecko
Jewelled gecko BPmale.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Diplodactylidae
Genus: Naultinus
Species: N. gemmeus
Binomial name
Naultinus gemmeus
(McCann, 1955)

Naultinus lineatus Gray, 1869 Naultinus elegans Lucas and Frost, 1897
Naulthinus elegans Werner, 1901
Heteropholis gemmeus McCann, 1955
Heteropholis gemmeus Wermuth, 1965
Naultinus elegans gemmeus Meads, 1982
Naultinus gemmeus Thomas, 1982
Naultinus gemmeus Rösler, 2000

The jewelled gecko (Naultinus gemmeus) is a species of geckos endemic to the South Island of New Zealand.

There are two main subgroups of jewelled geckos: those living in Otago and those living in Canterbury. There is also a small Southland population. One obvious difference is that some of the males of the Canterbury geckos are grey or brown with yellow, purple and white markings; whereas all Otago geckos are green with yellow and white markings. The Southland population are solid green.

Their diet mainly consists of insects and moths, but they also enjoy berries of certain plants, and the nectar of certain flowers.

These and other New Zealand geckos are highly protected and it is illegal to capture or disturb them. Jewelled geckos are often targeted by wildlife smugglers.[2]

Conservation status[edit]

Naultinus gemmeus on a branch, Otago Peninsula by Rod Morris

In 2012 the Department of Conservation reclassified the jewelled gecko as At Risk under the New Zealand Threat Classification System. It was judged as meeting the criteria for At Risk threat status as a result of it having a low to high ongoing or predicted decline.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hare, K. & Hitchmough, R. 2010. Naultinus gemmeus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T177826A7465399. Downloaded on 29 November 2017.
  2. ^ Fox, Rebecca (7 May 2011). "Time to hit smugglers". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  3. ^ 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. 

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