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

Sta. Bakhita, Eraulo, Ermera District

Eraulo and surrounds (click on map to enlarge and view locations).

The expedition had been based at the Sta. Bakhita Mission during Phase I and made some interesting discoveries and since Eraulo was within easy access of Dili it was decided to include the location again during Phase II, in order to collect further specimens on the Meleotegi River and work up, photograph and prepare some of the specimens from Baucau and Atauro.

The St. Bakhita Mission Hospital and Community Centre is run by the Leeuwin Care charity. More information can be found at http://www.bakhita.org/centre.htm.


Sta. Bakhita Mission Hospital.
Eraulo across the water meadows.
Steps from hospital to accommodation.
Sta. Bakhita Mission accommodation.
Preping specimens on the verandah: clockwise (l-r) Marianna Tucci, Caitlin Sanchez, Jester Ceballos, Agrivedo "Laca" Ribeiro, and Hinrich Kaiser.
Note photographic Cubelite in background.

Mark O'Shea photographing specimens
in a Cubelite.

The Meleotegi River is a short drive from Sta. Bakhita Mission. A torrent in the monsoon season, it is easily negotiated during the dry season. Specimens were sought on the rocks in the river and on the vegetation along the banks.

The log bridge over the Meleotegi River (marked on Google Earth map)
Views of Meleotegi River.
View of Meleotegi River.

Skinks were very much in evidence including possibly two species of Four-fingered skinks (Carlia spp.), two species of slender, etiolated Night skinks (Eremiascincus spp.), a Forest skink (Sphenomorphus sp.), the large and chunky-bodied Many-banded skink (Eutropis cf. multifasciata), and an undescribed species of snake-eyed skink (Cryptoblepharus sp.), a different species to those obtained during the 2009 expedition.

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Four-fingered skinks, Carlia spp.
Snake-eyed skink, Cryptoblepharus sp.
Forest skink, Sphenomorphus sp.
Night skinks, Eremiascincus spp.
Many-banded skink, Eutropis cf. multifasciatus

Amphibians encountered included the Paddy frogs (Fejervarya sp.) and the Black-spined toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus), a species thought introduced during or after the Indonesian occupation.

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Black-spined toad, Duttophrynus melanostictus
Paddy frog, Fejervarya sp.