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RAÇA, LAUTÉM DISTRICT, TIMOR-LESTE

 

 

TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
PHASE V: GOING UNDERGROUND
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Raça is Laca's home village and the caves 3.5 km to the north were where he conducted his personal herp survey as part of his degree thesis.

Amongst Laca's specimen collection were a number of interesting specimens, including a single bent-toed gecko of the genus Cyrtodactylus. Our main purpose for visiting Raça was to obtain a few more specimens so we could compare them with Cyrtodactylus from other parts of Timor-Leste and determine whether they represented a new species.

We parked our vehicles at Laca's house and trekked to the caves. The cave trek team:
(back) Naveen, Rogerio, Roberto, Mark;
(middle) David, Marissa, Bosco, Caitlin;
(front) Zito, Jasmi, Laca, Luis;
Hinrich is behind the camera.

We drove to Laca's house and trekked the short distance (3.5 km) to the caves with Laca, Luis, Zito and some of Laca's brothers and friends.