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Latin Gecko Name
09-07-2016, 02:33 AM
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Question Latin Gecko Name
Hello, can anybody tell me what is the Latin Gecko Name of the KAITORETE Gecko?[font=Tahoma][/font]
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09-07-2016, 06:49 PM
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RE: Latin Gecko Name
Hi 'seufer',

If you are referring to the geckos found on Kaitorete Spit then the species name is Woodworthia cf. brunnea (previously Hoplodactylus maculatus or Woodworthia aff. maculatus "Canterbury").

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01-08-2016, 11:13 AM (This post was last modified: 01-08-2016 10:21 PM by rowlands.)
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RE: Latin Gecko Name
The taxonomy of NZ lizards is confusing enough, but is made more so by the liberal use of open nomenclature by many workers in this field. The shades of meaning of some of these terms are confusing to the layman. Can anyone explain the exact meaning of "cf" in the above? It's from the Latin confer, means "compare with", and in more recent usage indicates greater uncertainty (than use of the question mark) in attributing the specimen to the taxon. So does that mean the animal in question is unlikely to be brunnea? It's unlikely to be a lot of other species as well, so the whole thing doesn't make alot of sense to the layman like me. Add to this the fact that The International Code of Zoological Nomenclature makes no reference to open nomenclature, and the whole picture doesn't make a lot of sense.

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