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DILI, DILI DISTRICT, TIMOR-LESTE

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
PHASE VII: WINDING DOWN

Back at the Timor Lodge Hotel we started the wind-down to the end of the expedition. This involved finishing off all specimen photography and preparation, sorting of kit for home or storage in the TLH container for the next phase, laundry, some shopping (mostly for Timor coffee) and in Hinrich's case meetings with our good friend and supporter Agio Perreira in the Government.

Andrew found time to go snorkelling with Paulo and despite not finding the seasnakes (or sea kraits) he had hoped to find he did capture some lizards on the rocks along the shoreline. The Snake-eyed skinks (Cryptoblepharus sp.) bore a strong resemblance to the skinks of the same genus we had found at Com at the far eastern end of the island (although one specimen from Andrew's batch was melanistic), in contrast to Leschenault's snake-eyed skink (Cryptoblepharus leschenault) from trees in the coastal lowlands, Schlegel's snake-eyed skink (C.schlegelianus) from West Timor, and our new species from the highlands on the Meleotegi River. He also caught a Common house gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) in close proximity to the ocean, something we have seen on Ataúro Island.

Snake-eyed skink
Cryptoblepharus sp.

Snake-eyed skink (melanistic)
Cryptoblepharus sp.
Common house gecko
Hemidactylus frenatus