© 2016

New Zealand Lizards

  • David G. Chapple

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Rodney A. Hitchmough, Geoffrey B. Patterson, David G. Chapple
    Pages 87-108
  3. David G. Chapple, Rodney A. Hitchmough
    Pages 109-131
  4. Kelly M. Hare, David G. Chapple, David R. Towns, Dylan van Winkel
    Pages 133-168
  5. Alison Cree, Kelly M. Hare
    Pages 169-206
  6. Brett Gartrell
    Pages 207-238
  7. Kelly M. Hare, Alison Cree
    Pages 239-267
  8. Marieke Lettink, Kelly M. Hare
    Pages 269-291
  9. David R. Towns, Rodney A. Hitchmough, John Perrott
    Pages 293-320
  10. Nicola J. Nelson, Richard L. Romijn, Terra Dumont, James T. Reardon, Joanne M. Monks, Rodney A. Hitchmough et al.
    Pages 321-339
  11. David G. Chapple, James T. Reardon, Joanne E. Peace
    Pages 341-359
  12. David G. Chapple
    Pages 361-375

About this book


This edited volume is a timely and comprehensive summary of the New Zealand lizard fauna. Nestled in the south-west Pacific, New Zealand is a large archipelago that displays the faunal signatures of both its Gondwanan origins, and more recent oceanic island influences. New Zealand was one of the last countries on Earth to be discovered, and likewise, the full extent of the faunal diversity present within the archipelago is only just starting to be appreciated. This is no better exemplified than in lizards, where just 30 species (20 skinks, 10 geckos) were recognized in the 1950s, but now 104 are formally or informally recognized (61 skinks, 43 geckos). Thus, New Zealand contains one of the most diverse lizard faunas of any cool, temperate region on Earth. This book brings together the world’s leading experts in the field to produce an authoritative overview of the history, taxonomy, biogeography, ecology, life-history, physiology and conservation of New Zealand lizards.


Fossil record of New Zealand lizards Lizard behaviour Lizard conservation New Zealand lizard taxonomy Reptile biogeography rainbow skink biogeography conservation Diplodactylidae ecology gecko life history lizard physiology plague skink reproduction Scincidae skink taxonomy

Editors and affiliations

  • David G. Chapple
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia

About the editors

Dr David Chapple is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University, Australia. He completed his PhD at the Australian National University on the evolutionary ecology and molecular phylogenetics of Liopholis skinks. Dr Chapple then moved to Victoria University of Wellington to complete an Allan Wilson Centre postdoctoral fellowship on the origin, evolution and biogeography of New Zealand lizards. He returned to Australia to take up an Australian Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at Museum Victoria on the invasion dynamics of the delicate skink; a research program that continues to this day. Dr Chapple has been an Associate Editor of both Conservation Genetics and the Journal of Herpetology, and is currently a guest editor for a special issue of Biological Conservation on reptile conservation. He is an expert assessor for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for New Zealand skinks, and has provided expert advice to a range of government and conservation agencies, including the Lord Howe Island Board, Zoos Victoria, and the New Zealand Department of Conservation. Dr Chapple’s research group investigates the evolutionary ecology of environmental change, using squamate reptiles as model systems in which to examine ecological and evolutionary processes.

Bibliographic information


“In this comprehensive and authoritative volume, David Chapple and co-authors have compiled a fascinating overview of the New Zealand lizards. … the book excels and will provide a notable point of reference for both current and future reptile researchers. … this book would provide a useful additional resource for university taught courses in fields such as ecology, evolution and conservation. … I would definitely recommend the book in its entirety … .” (Oliver J. S. Tallowin, Frontiers of Biogeography, Vol. 9 (1), 2017)