Story: Lizards

Coromandel striped gecko

Coromandel striped gecko

Only three Coromandel striped geckos have ever been found, all on the Coromandel Peninsula. This one, photographed in a backyard, has shed its tail. The first was discovered in 1997. Their closest relation is probably the Stephen’s Island striped gecko (Hoplodactylus stephensi). Despite efforts to locate more, none have been seen – suggesting the species may be on the brink of extinction. It is considered to be the world’s rarest gecko.

Using this item

Department of Conservation
Photograph by Rob Chappell

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Kerry-Jayne Wilson, 'Lizards - Appearance and life cycle', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 March 2023)

Story by Kerry-Jayne Wilson, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Mar 2014