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TIMOR-LESTE (Oecusse Distr.)

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
DID IT HAVE FOUR FINGERS ?

Hinrich did find a mother scorpion (Lychas mucronatus) with her offspring on her back. Lychas are buthids with painful stings (as both Hinrich and I can attest) but they are excellent mothers.

Bark scorpion
Lychas mucronatus
mother with young

As it became dark we drove back down from Cutete Aldeia, to the Abanat River to search the riverine cliffs for Bent-toed geckos (Cyrtodactylus sp.). We encountered numerous Common house geckos (Hemidactylus frenatus) and a few Tokay geckos (Gekko gecko) and eventutally captured some bent-toed geckos, a species we believe is new to science.

Abanat River cliff-face Bent-toed gecko
Cyrtodactylus sp.
female

 

After that we drove back to the Hotel Rao, weary and ready for bed.

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