Limpopo field herping 2015-2016 season - Saurians

Limpopo field herping 2015-2016 season - Saurians

Postby Ruan Stander » Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:38 pm

I've been rather quiet on the forum due to working and studying, but I was fortunate to spend some quality time in the field this season. Here are some of the lizards, geckos and chameleons from all over the province, mainly central, northern and eastern Limpopo.

Homopholis wahlbergii, Wahlberg's velvet gecko-Mokopane. I've had a comment that it is H. arnoldi, if anyone can provide some clarity I will welcome it.
wahlbergii.jpg


Smaug breyeri, Waterberg dragon lizard-Sterkrivier/Marken
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Agama atra, southern rock agama juvenile-Mokopane
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Re: Limpopo field herping 2015-2016 season - Saurians

Postby Ruan Stander » Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:41 pm

Chamaeleo dilepis, common flap-neck chameleon-Polokwane
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Varanus albigularis albigularis, white-throated monitor-Polokwane
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Pseudocordylus transvaalensis, northern crag lizard-Wolkberg
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Postby Ruan Stander » Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:46 pm

Platysaurus intermedius intermedius, common flat lizard-Polokwane
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Pachydactlus punctatus, spotted thick-toed gecko-Musina
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Chondrodactylus turneri, Turner's thick-toed gecko-Polokwane.
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Postby Ruan Stander » Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:50 pm

Platysaurus intermedius rhodesianus, Zimbabwe flat lizard-Musina.
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Lygodactylus stevensoni, Stevenson's Dwarf Day Gecko-Musina
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Smaug vandami, Van Dam's Dragon Lizard-Blouberg
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Postby Ruan Stander » Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:56 pm

Trachylepis varia, variable skink-Sterkrivier/Marken
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Agama atra, adult male-Mokopane
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Lygodactylus graniticolus, granite dwarf day gecko-Mokopane. This is quite a special gecko and was a first for me, as it is only known from the Percy Fyfe and Witvinger nature resrves and surrounding area.
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Re: Limpopo field herping 2015-2016 season - Saurians

Postby Westley Price » Sat Jun 11, 2016 8:38 am

Great photos and a great variety of finds!

Aaron Bauer was here in Namibia last year and he mentioned they are working on P. punctatus and there might be up to 6 species in there waiting to be described. Exciting stuff.
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Postby rvanhuyssteen » Tue Jun 14, 2016 2:11 pm

Nice rizards Ruan. Homopholis arnoldi have quite a bold pattern, like the one on my avatar.

Nice shots!
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Postby Fooble » Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:48 pm

Show Stopper - Lygodactylus graniticolus.

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Postby dasie » Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:04 am

Show them all. I can smell you are hiding a few ;)
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Re: Limpopo field herping 2015-2016 season - Saurians

Postby Ruan Stander » Fri Jun 17, 2016 7:57 am

Thanks Ryan. Yes that's it, and if I'm not mistaken H. arnoldi is restricted to the more northern parts of Limpopo.

It is a special gecko indeed Fooble. I enjoy Lygodactylus in general and I'm particularly fond of stevensoni.

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Re: Limpopo field herping 2015-2016 season - Saurians

Postby Cornelius » Mon Jun 20, 2016 4:22 pm

Stunning photos and great finds.
I have to say that the common flap neck remains one of my favourite reptiles.
There is something that is much more scarce, something finer by far , something rarer than ability.
It is the Ability to recognise Ability

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