Accurate identification of individual geckos (Naultinus gemmeus) through dorsal pattern differentiation

Mark–recapture methods are frequently used to obtain the data needed to inform conservation management of vulnerable species. This typically involves animals being captured, individually marked, then released and later detected by capture or resighting. This may be stressful for individual animals and can be resource-intensive. Photo-identification has emerged as an effective, and potentially less intrusive, alternative to traditional mark–recapture methods.