Nature conservation

Threatened species

Lord Howe Island Southern Gecko - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Christinus guentheri
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 25 Jan 2019


Medium-sized lizard, pale olive-grey to dark brown above, peppered with dark brown. Whitish or yellowish brown below, peppered with dark brown. The fingers and toes are relatively long and slender. The body is somewhat heavily built. Adults are about 80 mm in length and weigh around 12 g.


Only found on Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island. On Lord Howe Island, it is found on offshore islands including Blackburn Island, Balls Pyramid and Roach Island and less commonly on the main island.

Habitat and ecology

  • Wide range of forest types from lowland rainforest to montane rainforest and native grass covered small islands.
  • This species prefers rocky areas that offer protection in crevices, under rock slabs or boulders embedded in the soil. Sometimes found in cracks and crevices in tree bark.
  • Forage on the ground and in trees for insects and other invertebrates as well as feeding on nectar of certain trees.
  • They lay around 1-3 eggs per clutch and are nocturnal.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Recovery strategies

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
OceanSouth Pacific Ocean Known None
Pacific Subtropical IslandsLord Howe Island Known None