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Text and photos by Nick Baker, unless otherwise credited.
Copyright ゥ Ecology Asia 2020

 
 
     
   
   

 

   
   
 
'Sulawesi Forest Skink'
   
   

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Family : SCINCIDAE
Species : Tytthoscincus sp.
Size (snout to vent) : this specimen 3 cm
Size (total length) : this specimen 5.5 cm

This tiny Tytthoscincus skink, measuring just 3 cm from snout to vent and 5.5 cm in total length, was found amongst the leaf litter of the peripheral forests of the Tangkoko National Park, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

A number of specimens were observed, active around noon on a hot and sunny but dry day. All specimens were of similar size. The skinks were extremely shy, and quick to hide under leaf litter when disturbed.

Colouration is mainly dark brown, with lighter brown flecks along the dorsum and flanks, and a pale brown band across the neck. The underside is paler. The eyes are relatively large, and the legs short.

The species has yet to be identified and its range is unknown.


Figs 1 and 2 : Tytthoscincus sp. from lowland forest of northern Sulawesi, Indonesia.