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COM, LAUTÉM DISTRICT, TIMOR-LESTE

 

 

TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
PHASE V: OF WHARVES AND OTHER MAN-MADE STRUCTURES
(page 1)

Enroute to the Raça caves three days earlier we had missed capturing a small Night skink (Eremiascincus sp.) under limestone boulders on a flat vegetated plain below the escarpment. We knew these lizards primarily from high altitude locations around Maubisse, to the west, and coastal forests of Loré, to the south, but those had all been much larger specimens than the lizard lost at Raça. We decided to return to the location in an effort to obtain a specimen but in this task we were singularily unsuccessful, consoling ourselves with a Gehyra-type gecko from another small cave.

The habitat of the unknown Eremiascincus
Marissa and Caitlin try out for new occupations

Returning to Com we decided to check out a couple of locations found by the Jets the night before, the wharf 2 km east of the resort and an old Portuguese pousada on the hill above.

The Com wharf.
The Troopies on the wharf.
David looks on as Laca and Zito chase skinks.
Snake-eyed skink, Cryptoblepharus sp.
on the wharf wall