TIMOR-LESTE 2009

Victor Valley College Tropical Research Initiative
Herpetofauna of Timor-Leste
Phase I

 

Loi Huna, 10km north of Viqueque, Viqueque District


Map of Viqueque and Loi Huna 10km north, Viqueque District.
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The Timor Village Hotel is located at Loi Huna, 10km north of Viqueque at an altitude of 285m, slightly off the main road from Baucau, and it took some finding. It provided a useful base for fieldwork on the nearby Cuha River.

Habitat near Loi Huna. Expedition members at the entrance to a cave system near the Timor Village Hotel.
Timor Village Hotel, Loi Huna, 10kms north of Viqueque.

Amphibians found around the Timor Village Hotel were both ubiquitous species, a Rice paddy frog (Fejervarya sp.) and a Foam-nest treefrog (Polypedates cf. leucomystax).

FROGS from LOI HUNA
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Rice paddy frog, Fejervarya sp.
Foam-nest treefrog, Polypedates cf. leucomystax

Two species of geckos were collected, the Flat-tailed house gecko (Hemidactylus platyurus) and the Tokay gecko (Gekko gecko gecko).

LIZARDS from LOI HUNA
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Flat-tailed house gecko, Hemidactylus platyurus
Tokay gecko, Gekko gecko gecko
Timor flying lizard, Draco timoriensis
Timor flying lizard, Draco timoriensis

The expedition's first Timor flying lizards (Draco timoriensis) were collected in trees around the Timor Village Hotel.

Laca pursuing Timor flying lizard, Draco timoriensis.
Timor flying lizard, Draco timoriensis, on trunk. Timor flying lizard, Draco timoriensis, in flight.

The Brahminy blindsnake (Ramphotyphlops braminus) was also collected at this location, and an adult Timor bronzeback (Dendrelaphis inornatus timorensis) was captured in a tree on the path to the Cuba River. In the evening the expedition's first Island pitviper (Cryptelytrops insularis) was captured on the ground after dark, on a path between the hotel and hotel-worker's accomodation.

SNAKES from LOI HUNA
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Brahminy blindsnake, Ramphotyphlops braminus
Timor bronzeback, Dendrelaphis inornatus timorensis
Timor bronzeback, Dendrelaphis inornatus timorensis
Island pitviper, Cryptelytrops insularis

 

Unidentified scolopendrid centipede.

An unidentified scolopendrid centipede was also found at this location as was a Horsehair worm (Chordodes sp.), the free-living adult stage of a nematomorph parasite that has a larval stage that infests cockroaches, locusts and crustaceans.

Horsehair worm, Chordodes sp.

 

Photographing the horsehairworm in super-macro using Canon EOS 40D, MP-E65mm macro lens with 2x converter, and MT-EX24 macro twin lite.

 

The extreme close-up photographs of the horsehair worm was achieved using a specialised macro lens capable of 5x life-size and 10x life-size with a 2x converter.