Wednesday 2 September 2020

Gold-striped gecko (New Zealand, 1984)

This beautiful little creature is a Woodworthia chrysosiretica, otherwise but somewhat prosaically known as the gold-striped gecko or, more intriguingly, the golden sticky-toed gecko.

Gold-striped geckos (geckoes?) are endemic to New Zealand, specifically the Taranaki region in the western part of the North Island, and Mana Island, which is off the southwest coast of the North Island. I hope you’re following these directions…

They grow to around 14cm (5.5 inches), are mostly nocturnal and live off insects and invertebrates. They made it onto this stamp in 1984 as part of an endangered species set and are still seen as at risk.

I also love the choice of font!

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