The ecology of the Australian gecko, Gehyra variegata, in northern New South Wales
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
Journal of Zoology
Volume 154, Issue 1, pages 113–138, January 1968
How to Cite
Bustard, H. R. (1968), The ecology of the Australian gecko, Gehyra variegata, in northern New South Wales. Journal of Zoology, 154: 113–138. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1968.tb05041.x
- Issue published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Accepted 11 July 1967
A two year study was carried out on Gehyra variegata (Dumeril & Bibron) in the Pilliga Scrub by means of visits of six days duration in each month of the year. Animals were individually marked by toe-clipping and a mark-recapture programme was carried out throughout the study.
This arboreal gecko lives below the bark of dead trees or stumps most commonly at a height of two to three feet from the ground.
The mark-recapture programme provided extensive data on the population, its movements, growth, tail loss and regeneration. Monthly samples were collected for intestinal analysis and for gonadal studies. These together with behavioural observations provided a well corroborated picture of the biology of this small gekkonid lizard.