Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Assorted Simpson desert photos

I mentioned that I've done a bit of volunteer work in the Simpson recently - without further ado, here are a selection of photos. Remember to check out the rest of the album for any photos I've deemed less... publishable!


Varanus gilleni, Pygmy mulga monitor


Nephrurus laevis, Knob-tailed gecko


Ctenophorus nuchalis, Central netted dragon


Morethia ruficauda, Fire-tailed skink


Ctenotus pantherinus, Panther skink


Varanus brevicauda, Short-tailed pygmy monitor - smallest monitor in the world


Ctenophorus isolepis - Military dragon


Rhynchoedura ornata - Beaked Gecko


Ningaui rideii


Varanus gouldii, Gould's sand goanna


Scorpion


Varanus eremius, Spinifex goanna


Mantid


Sand tracks - lizard


Tenebrionid & tracks


Moon and spnifex clump


Moonrise in the Gidgee

6 comments:

Denis Wilson said...

Great photographs o amazing creatures. It shows the desert belongs to the lizards, etc (well, the Scorpions might disagree).
I loved the Fire-tailed Skink. So dainty, and so beautiful.
Denis

Stewart Macdonald said...

Hi David,

Nice haul! Did you pit-trap all of these animals? You've got a typo in the label for your "Varanus gilleni, Spinifex goanna" - it should be Varanus eremius.

Stewart

David Nelson said...

G'day Stewart,
Yep these were all pitfall trapped except for the isolepis and insects. Thanks for the correction, it's fixed now.

Gouldiae said...

Oooh David,
What a beautiful assortment. I'm with Denis, loved the Fire-tailed Skink.
Gouldiae
PS: Been meaning to ask for some time now, do you mind if I link you on my blog?

yen said...

look like a whole lots of fun there...the heat ccan be a killer?

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pics. Love the variety in reptiles. Just so you know, the scorpion is a male Urodacus armatus.
And the mantid belongs to the genus "Archimantis", though I'm not sure which species it is.
- Ethan