|Copyright: Ishi Talmon (Ishi)
|Date Taken: 2009-04-26|
|Camera: Nikon D 80|
|Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2009-04-28 11:10|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This is a tadpole of Salamandra infraimmaculata, the local Fire Salamander. At the base of the head you can still see the remains of the external gills. It is shown reaching to the surface to take in fresh air. The salamander is endangered due to loss of habitat that should include clean fresh water to reproduce. This specimen was photographed in an old wine-pressing basin of the 2nd century A.D., filled with rain-water, on top of Mt. Meron (elev. 1200 m).|
This specimen is about 35 mm long.
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Clearly not one of the nature scenes you see often in TN Ishi, in fact quite a rare sight indeed, a still unmetamorphosed nymph of a Fire Salamander, one of my favourite urodelans. TFS indeed my friend.