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BAKHITA, ERMERA DISTRICT, TIMOR-LESTE

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
PHASE V: MELEOTEGI MISSION
(part 1)

Location of Bakhita, Ermera District.

On previous phases of the survey we spent several days at the Sta Bakhita Mission at Eraulo, Ermera District. The nearby Meleotegi River has produced some tantalisting specimens, such as. two frog species we have failed to find anywhere else on the island of Timor and a snake-eyed skink (Cryptoblepharus sp.) which we believe to be a new high-altitude species. Anxious to find additional specimens we planned a diurnal trip for the skink and a nocturnal herping trip for the two frog species. Instead of relocating to Bakhita we would stay at the TLH and drive the 1.5hr distance via Gleno.

Driving to Bakhita.
Sta Bakhita Mission, Eraúlo, Ermera District.

After meeting with the staff of the Sta Bakhita Mission and accepting their hospitality (Timor coffee and some excellent home-baked rolls), we set off for the short drive to the Meleotegi River and some serious field herping in one of our favourite locations.