Gecko no. II found at Minindie [sic] in Paine's hotel, Nov. 1. 60
Ludwig Becker, artist
Nov. 1, 1860.
drawing : watercolour, pen and ink on cream paper ; 17.5 x 12.5 cm.
Accession No: H16486
State Library of Victoria
The tesselated gecko Diplodactylus tessellates is common through inland Australia. This one was caught by Becker in the hut - Paine's Hotel where the expedition stayed overnight in Menindee.
Gecko No II, found at Minindie in Paine’s hotel, Nov. 1 60.
Color: greyish-brown on back x sides with some markings of a more pure brown; here & there a few white spots; under side white with a few brown spots; tail: brown all round with black spots on the upper part. Eyes greenish yellow with black veins. – Fig. 1 natural size.
Fig. 2. vent, nat: size. Fig #,4,5, head seen from below in front and in profil, nat. size. Fig. 6,7,8, finger-ends with claws, 6 from below, 7 from above and 8 the profil of one of them.; these three figures are magnified. The tongue is flesh-colored, flat and on the top split as shown in Fig9, somewhat magnified. Teeth very minute. Scales small. Each finger, as well as the thumb, has a claw; the soles near these claws are of a red color. The specimen cast its skin to-day.
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Story education resources
Education Museum Victoria: Drawing on Nature
This education kit describes a range of art activities inspired by objects found in nature.
The kit seeks to encourage and inspire people of all ages to engage with natural science and their local environment through art activities. Participants will be able to closely investigate specimens they gather themselves, and to explore a range of drawing techniques, including some used by scientists and scientific illustrators in museums. It is suitable for both adults and children.