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ATAÚRO IS., DILI DISTRICT, TIMOR-LESTE

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
PHASE VI: MANUCOCO TREK

We set out for the drive up to Macadade on Mt Manucoco at 8am, a short journey as the crow flies but a fairly long drive on a very rocky, winding road that takes one hour up and 45 minutes back down. We met with the guides and set off for an area where we captured a bent-toed gecko (Cyrtodactylus sp.) on our first visit in 2010. The trek was full of interesting surprises and there was much to discuss when we stopped for lunch in a garden shelter around midday.

You put the lime in the coconut! Manucoco trek: (l-r) back: Arlindo (guide), Sven, Stephanie, Glorid, Melissa, Caitlin, Hinrich, Aaren, Marcelo (guide); front: Zaqucu (guide), Zach, Zito, Scott, David, Laca, Justin, Mark

Although we were primarily searching for reptiles we took an interest in the many unusual invertebrates we encountered along the way, many of them, but not all, spiders.

Cicada head-on Moth caterpillar in defensive posture
The eye of a stick insect Pickelhaube spider!

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