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J.M. ANASTASIADIS 1 and A.H. WHITAKER 2 1 9 Apuka St, Brooklyn, Wellington, New Zealand 2 R.D. 1, Motueka, New Zealand 141 SHORT COMMUNICATION LONGEVITY OF FREE-LIVING HOPLODACTYLUS MACULATUS (REPTILIA: GEKKONIDAE) Summary: Recapture of marked Hoplodactylus maculatus individuals gave estimates of minimum longevity in the field ranging from 7 to 17 years with a mean of 12.7. An investigation of the homing ability of the common gecko, Hoplodactylus maculatus, at Turakirae Head, 20 km south of Wellington, in 1983 (Marshall, 1983), used the same study area in which Whitaker (1982) examined the ecology of H. maculatus between 1967-1976. During the course of the more recent study some of the geckos marked by Whitaker were recaptured, thus providing a rare opportunity to calculate the minimum ages of free-living geckos. Data on the longevity of free-living New Zealand geckos are scarce. Barwick (1982) recorded an adult female Hoplodactylus duvauceli recaptured after 12 years, giving a minimum age of 19 years; Whitaker (1982) reported two known-age H. maculatus at 10 and 11 years, and noted that 12 of 21 H. maculatus marked in February 1967 were recaptured in March 1975 . Records of longevity in captivity for New Zealand geckos are few and variable (Table 1).
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