BioGecko Issue 1 (July 2012)

Melgren, Philip. 2012. Observations from a goldstripe gecko, Woodworthia chrysosireticus, population in suburban New Plymouth. BioGecko, July 2012, 1: 34-37.

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MELGREN, PHILIP

Observations from a goldstripe gecko, Woodworthia chrysosireticus, population in suburban New Plymouth.

Abstract: An observational study with a mark-recapture component on goldstripe geckos (Woodworthia chrysosireticus) was conducted from December 1979 - March 1981 (15 months) in suburban New Plymouth. Although the data from the mark-recapture study has since been lost, recollections of observations are recounted here. This is the earliest known observation of diurnal activity of goldstripe geckos, an observation subsequently confirmed by later studies. Male-male conflict was a regularly observed phenomenon, and males appeared to patrol the wider area, while females seem to be recaptured more often in the same site. Amateur research has the potential to advance natural history knowledge, which may ultimately benefit species conservation. This should be encouraged and supported by authorities.

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