Extinct or Shy

Extinct or Shy

A quest to find two of the least known skinks in East Africa.

Latest News

Another article in “The Conversation”

One sentence in a book leads researchers to a species not seen in over 100 years. Link here

We found the Montane skink (Proscelotes aenea)!

Photos here!
News on the Rufford’s website here!

We kept a pregnant Proscelotes aenea and it gave birth!

Photos here!

Our Project made it to “The Conversation”

Search for elusive skinks is filling gaps in Mozambique’s biodiversity data. Link here

The Species


The skinks Scolecoseps boulengeri and Proscelotes aenea are two of the most mysterious skinks in East Africa. They were both collected in two cities of Mozambique (Pemba and Lumbo) in the early 20th century in high numbers with very low sampling effort.

Where We Are


What We Do


Trapping

We have a permanent trapping system in 5 sites spread-out in Lumbo so we can cover as much habit as possible.

Search

While our traps are catching frogs, lizards and snakes, we also actively search for species by lifting rocks or digging.

Preservation

Not much is known in terms of biodiversity in Northern Mozambique, so we are building a reference collection of the species we are encountering.

Our project in numbers


365

Sampling duration

12

Amphibians

30

Reptiles

50%

Project completeness

2022-04-14T19:00:00

  days

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until

Last day of Sampling

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