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Copyright: Michael Pettemerides (Michael_cy) (692)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Konika-Minolta Dynax 5D, Sigma 105mm macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-30 6:55
Viewed: 3643
Points: 12
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I'm not sure about the species but I think that is Ophisops elegans.
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  • [2010-11-30 7:28]

Hello Michael,
A fine close capture of the head of the Troodos Lizard, Phonicolacerta troodica.
Excellent POV, sharpness where in focus and eye-contact.
Thanks and best regards,

Γεια σου Μιχάλη
Beautiful close-up with nice colours good composition and very good sharpness. I agree with you, I am sure that your lizard is Ophisops elegans.

Γεια σου Μιχάλη,
Yes this is a very beautiful portrait of Ophisops elegans. Καλο βράδυ,

Good close-up of Ophisops elegans

Μιχάλη γεια σου,
Πολύ ωραία φωτογραφία! Συμφωνώ με την αναγνώριση

Giasou Michael,

This is absolutely Ophisops elegans schlueteri MF! As i wrote my dearest friend Ivan, the colouration of the Phoenicolacerta troodica (formerly Lacerta laevis troodica) totaly different. Since the head part well seen here, we can talk about it. The head more depressed in troodica/laevis/kulzeri complex (as is implying its specific name, laevis) and there is a prominent large scale called as "massetericum" in temporal region between the smaler ones. We can say so many additional pholidolial features but i think these are enough the distinguish the two species.
The most famous feature of Ophisops elegans is on the transparent and fused eyelids in front of the eyes that can feel well in your post. This is also a male one. The soptted bands indicate this well. Females generally do not have such intensive black spots in rows.
TFS and have a nice day!

Ps. You can reach more info about all Cyprus heptiles (althought some names are in formerly format) on my web site and you can download a book (as PDF) freely.
Sorry for the smile, but i've depleted the daily reserved ones. Hope you do not mind this.

Hello Michael, beautiful image of a snake eyed lizard with excellent details and nice composition.
TFS and regards,

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