Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Gecko numbers in the Bay of Islands appear to grow

Conservationists celebrate as rare gecko numbers in the Bay of Islands appear to grow


A Duvaucel's gecko

A scheme to re-introduce New Zealand’s biggest lizard species into the Bay of Islands is showing early signs of success.

Two years ago last Thursday (5th February 2018), 50 Duvaucel’s geckos were released by volunteers, onto an un-identified island in the Ipipiri chain.
Continuous monitoring since then has shown population numbers appear to be growing, with encouraging signs in both reproduction and dispersal.

'It’s the first time in over a hundred years that Duvaucel's have been seen here, and we are really excited by this apparent progress’ says Project Island Song Lead, Richard Robbins.

A total of six species have now been re-introduced, with Duvaucel’s being the first reptile.

Successful re-introductions require habitats to remain pest-free, a status Project Island Song has maintained for over a decade.

'It is critical that our islands continue to be free from pests like rats, plague skinks and stoats. This would not be possible without Ngati Kuta and Patukaha (Hapu of Te Rawhiti), the Department of Conservation, our supporters and volunteers’ says Mr Robbins.

Prior to the introduction of predators, Duvaucel’s were found in large numbers across the North Island. Today they can be found at only a few protected sites.
‘We have set up a network of monitoring stations across the release island. They help us detect released adults, and their offspring, as the population grows. Recording information such as body length and weight is vital both for our own monitoring, and for use by other academic institutions.’

• The species H. duvaucelii was named after Alfred Duvaucel, a French naturalist.
• Predation by introduced mammals led to a huge fall in numbers.
• Females do not lay eggs but give birth to live young.
Hoplodactylus duvaucelii may attain a total length (including tail) of up to 30 cm (12 in), with a snout-to-vent length (SVL) up to 16 cm (6.3 in), weighing up to 120 grams (4.2 ounces).
• It is the largest living gecko in New Zealand.
• Duvaucel's gecko is a heavy-bodied lizard with a large head, with long toes and expanded pads. Its colouration is mainly grey/green.
H. duvaucelii is nocturnal.
• 34 of the 50 geckos released were thought to be pregnant.
• Anyone who sees pests on the islands should contact 0800 DOC HOT or pest@projectislandsong.co.nz.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Coronavirus: On The Addiction To Chinese Student Fees, And A Possible Future For RNZ Concert

Last week, Australian PM Scott Morrison extended its ban on foreign visitors from or passing through from mainland China – including Chinese students - for a third week. New Zealand has dutifully followed suit, with our travel ban extending until next Monday at least, presumably dependent to some extent on what Morrison decides to do later this week.
Our universities are now asking for an exemption to the travel ban for their Chinese students, who would still, the universities assure us, be subjected to strict quarantine procedures upon arrival. Given how the inability of the university system to care for its own students on campus made world news last year, that promise may not do much to reduce the coronavirus fears among the wider New Zealand public. More>>


 

Water Woes: Wellington Reflects National Problem

Water utilities right across the country face major challenges to upgrade and maintain their underground three waters network. Water New Zealand’s Technical Manager, Noel Roberts says Wellington’s waste water woes are not unique to the capital city... More>>

ALSO:

2020 And Beyond: National’s Economic Plan

National Leader Simon Bridges has today outlined National’s economic plan heading into election 2020. “National understands the economy and how it impacts on New Zealanders day to day lives... More>>

ALSO:

Abortion Legislation Committee: Abortion Bill Report Presented To The House

The Abortion Legislation Committee has presented its report on the Abortion Legislation Bill to the House. A copy of the report is available here. The bill seeks to have abortion services provided like other health services... More>>

ALSO:


Local Government NZ: New Report A Pathfinder For Affordable Housing

A report released today by LGNZ provides a roadmap for councils finding their way through the complex policy, regulatory and market tools available to help enable more affordable housing developments for New Zealanders. With demand soaring, rents ... More>>

ALSO:

“Can Do Better”: Sallies Election Year Report Card

This year’s State of the Nation report by The Salvation Army offers a mixed bag of outcomes, with some significant headline progress - but also an ambitious list of “can do better”. Government action is delivering limited improvements... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels