05 July 2014 1 of 2

TIMOR-LESTE (Dili Distr.)



The first task of the day was to set up our laboratory and photo studio in front of the main chalet. The lab went in front of the room used by Hinrich and myself, the photo studio in front of the room shared by Caitlin and Kaitlin (Katie). Once they were operational we started photographing and proecessing some of the voucher specimens.

Hard at work (clockwise) Ruby, Kim, Justin, Caitlin, Jose, Hinrich and Katie

While we were working on specimens Laca was out herping. He returned with an Emerald tree skink {Lamprolepis cf. smaragdina) although the specimens in Timor appear different to the typical green form in New Guinea. This specimen also had a kinked tail, a phenomenon we have seen before in another specimen, and which we are investigating.

Emerald tree skink
cf. smaragdina


Later we we went out to rip open a pile of dead palm fronds in the bush and found more Common house geckos (Hemidactylus frenatus), Bent-toed geckos (Cyrtodactylus sp.) and a Mutilated gecko (Gehyra mutilata).

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