An introductory population study of the Gecko, Hoplodactylus pacificus, on Quail Island, in the Lyttleton Harbour.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Science
The common gecko, Hoplodactylus pacificus (Gray, in McCann (1955) ), is widely distributed throughout New Zealand. As yet no specific ecological study of this lizard has been published, though Sharell (1966) mentions habitat preferences and hibernation behaviour, and Whitaker (1968) has published some data for H. pacificus on Poor Knights Islands (mentioned in this report) and describes their observed foraging behaviour. In this study, carried out from late March through to May 1970, I have recorded information on snout-vent lengths, weights, individual movements, and habitat preference, and have also estimated the population density. This particular lizard does not seem to be active during the Autumn months and no observations of food preferences and foraging behaviour were able to be made.