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Acrobatic Lady

Acrobatic Lady
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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6774 W: 207 N: 2989] (9571)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-10
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D-5000, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG APO HSM, @ ISO 400
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Herpetofauna of the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-07-19 15:42
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Points: 62
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Ptyodactylus puiseuxi (Levant Fan-footed Gecko) [in Turk. Levanten Yelpazeayaklı Keleri] (Female)

Today a gravid female of this beautiful Levant gecko showing the function of adhesive toes. Thanks these amazing structures this species is really one of the most speedy gecko which I saw till now .

TFL and Have a nice day!

©Bayram GÖÇMEN, All Rights Reserved.


Please see my first post of this species to read more about it.

Here I would like to mention about the function and structure of the adhesive toes. Gecko toe pads are sticky because they feature an extraordinary hierarchy of structure that functions as a smart adhesive. Gecko toe pads operate under perhaps the most severe conditions of any adhesives application. Geckos are capable of attaching and detaching their adhesive toes in milliseconds while running with seeming reckless abandon on vertical and inverted surfaces, a challenge no conventional adhesive is capable of meeting. Structurally, the adhesive on gecko toes differs dramatically from that of conventional adhesives. Conventional pressure sensitive adhesives (PSAs) such as those used in adhesive tapes are fabricated from materials that are sufficiently soft and sticky to flow and make intimate and continuous surface contact. Because they are soft and sticky, PSAs also tend to degrade, foul, selfadhere, and attach accidentally to inappropriate surfaces. Gecko toes typically bear a series of scansors covered with uniform microarrays of hair-like setae formed from β-keratin, a material orders of magnitude stiffer than those used to fabricate PSAs. Each seta branches to form a nanoarray of hundreds of spatular structures that make intimate contact with the surface.

Functionally, the properties of gecko setae are as extraordinary as their structure: the gecko adhesive is

1) directional,
2) attaches strongly with minimal preload,
3) detaches quickly and easily,
4) sticks to nearly every material,
5) does not stay dirty or
6) self-adhere, and
7) is nonsticky by default.

While some of the principles underlying these seven functional properties are now well understood, much more research will be necessary to fully map out the parameters of this complex system.


1. Göçmen, B. (Unpub. results). The results of herpetological trips.
2. Disi, A. M., Modry, D., Necas, P. & Rifai, L. (2001). Amphibians and Reptiles of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Edition Chimaira, 408 pp.
3. Werner Y L. Sivan N. 1(996).. Systematics and zoogeography of Ptyodactylus (Reptilia: Sauria: Gekkonidae) in the levant: 3, experimental and natural hybrids of P. guttatus and P. puiseuxi. Israel Jornal of Zoology, 42 (2): 185-202.
4. Autumn, K. (2006). Properties, principles, and parameters of the gecko adhesive system. In Smith, A. and J. Callow, Biological Adhesives. 1-39pp, Springer Verlag.
5. Budak, A. & Göçmen, B. (2005). Herpetology. Ege Üniversitesi Fen Fakültesi Kitaplar Serisi, No. 194, Ege Üniversitesi Basimevi, Bornova-Izmir, 226 pp [2nd Edition, 2008].
6. Esterbauer,H. (1985). Zur Herpetofauna Südwestsyriens. Herpetofauna 7 (38): 23-34.

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hello my friend, also a nice picture, perfect colours and sharpness. the gecko is in colour absolutly like the rock, thanks and also a good night...

dayi amma mekanizma varmis parmaklarda. kafam karisti ama anladim birseyler. Misarocuklarda da boyle bir mekanizma var galiba. Cunku onlarda duvarlarda ve tavanda yurur. Kibrista evde gormustum. Eline saglik dayi. Iyi geceler.

Hi Bayram,
Another astonishing close up of that Gecko!
Your pictures are so amazing and transfer the pure wildlife felling to the viewer.

I love them and sometimes I lost the one or other hour into your gallery.

The composing, colours and sharpness of this picture is perfect and it shows the wonder of camouflage which Mother Nature was given these creatures.

Many thanks for sharing this great picture here.

Have a nice start into your week.

Cheers from good old Germany,
Sascha ;O)

Canim kardesim hizli hareket halnde cok guzel yakalamissin bu geckoyu.. Hamile oldugu karnindn belli oluyor. Ters asagi durmalari gercekten cok ilginc ve notlarin her zamnki gibi egitici. Ellerine saglik... hepimizden selamlar..

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-07-19 21:30]
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Hi Baratom Bayram,
I not see your photos a long time ago.
It is a great pictures of this Gekko, I never see them, TFS! have a nice week!

Günaydın Hocam, hareketi de gösteren enfes bir çalışma olmuş.
Emeklerinize sağlık.

Bayram hocam sabh kalkınca TN de karelerinzle karşılaşmak gerçekten ayrı bir keyif. Özlemiştik. En eğlenceli kertenkeleler bunlar olsa gerek. Emeklerinize ve elinize sağlık.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-07-19 23:30]

Hello MF Bayram,
lovely shot and splendid diagonal composition, perfect focus, excellent lighting and ver nice natural colors,
Best regards Siggi

Bayram hocam günaydınlar. Dişisi erkeğinden daha solukmuş. Hareket tarzını da gösteren nefis bir telefoto çekimi olmuş.
Emeğinize sağlık. Saygılar.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-20 0:32]

Hello Bayram,
Excellent photo in great camouflaged colours. Very sharp with brilliant details. Pleasing diagonal composition.

Hi Bayram,
the beauty, the beauty of it !!! A real feast to the eyes! I imagine you were excited when you stalked this female fellow. My compliments to this one.
Best regards

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-07-20 0:54]

Hello Bayram!

Another very good picture of cute gecko. I like upside-down pose this time with perfect composition and ruddy colours. Well shown details and great note!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-07-20 1:36]

Dostum merhaba,
Bu güzel ayaklı "dilber"in dişisi daha soluk ve cılız gibi geldi bana.Yakın çekim olmasıyla alakalı belki ama diğeri çok daha güzel, çok daha alımlı gelmişti bana.Dostum netlik,belirgin detaylar ve renklerin yanı sıra kadraj da harika olmuş.Eline emeğine sağlık.
Bi slavên germ,

Hellow Bayram,
Amazing sucker toes on this little gecko, it always amazes me how they can stay up side down for so long patiently waiting for a bite to nibble.Well captured.

Merhaba hocam,
Erkeği daha bir alımlıydı. Bunun Kilis ya da İslahiye leydisi olacağı günleri de göreceğiz inşallah. :)) Bu arada dün Kıbrıs harekatının yıl dönümüymüş, TV'de gördüm. Daima Kıbrıs'ın ve Kıbrıslıların yanındayız. Gerekirse Ayşe'yi yeniden tatile çıkarırız.:))

another great pic, greetings Ori

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-20 4:26]

Hi Bayram,this strange position make a difference,and meet a pregnant female is a great scoop too,perfect quality as usual....thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Ciao BBB. Impressive DOf and razor details. Faboulouse compo MF with intrigant tones.


hello bayram
beautiful picture with great details and nice pose of the gecko
greeting lou

Hello MF Bayram
definizione ad altissimi livelli: la piccola Ptyodactylus sembra quasi che stia per uscire dalla foto pronta a scappare via. Eccellenti i colori e le diverse sfumature, come pure le varie tonalità di rosso che permeano la composizione. Messa a fuoco e gestione della luce al top.

Hallo Bayram
The series of photos you shared so far of this Levant Fan-footed Gecko is really beautiful and your notes truly educational. This image proofs that we must not under estimate the smaller animals in life for what they can or cannot do. The sight of the paws is beautiful and it looks as if they have some kind of suction meganism to it. It is a beauty. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-07-20 8:15]

Hi Bayram
Beautiful closed up .Excellent POV I love that pose upside down.As usual sharp image with great details and colors.Excellent text.
TFS Michel

Merhaba sevgili arkadaşım,
I see that you spent good time with this fantastic gecko family. Probably they like also the region of Bosra, with the lava desert around. This lady is less colored than the male but this photo is perfect! And the unusual POV excellent to illustrate the interesting info about adhesive toes. Nature wonder! Paylaşımın için çok teşekkürler. İyi akşamlar,

Hallo MF Bayram,
a very beautiful capture of this female taken in acrobatic posture with superb sharpness, splendid colours with an interesting mimicry against the rocks, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

Hello Bayram,

Ah! ha! acrobate en plus! Cette femelle a de la colle aux pattes! :-D
Souriante photo et couleurs fantastiques. Superbe contrefort en roche.
Bravo mon ami pour cette splendide capture.
Amitiés, à bientôt. Yolande

Wow. parmak lamellerinin işlevini çok güzel ifade eden bir çekim ve notlar.
Elinize sağlık hocam. Saygılar.

Ciao Bayram, great capture of wonderful gecko lady, future mother, lovely blurry BG, fine details, splendid sharpness and beautiful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Selamlar sayın hocam,
Bu nekadar farklı biraçı,
Akrobatın nefis bir karesi.
Ellerinize sağlık.

Merhaba üstadım,

Bu güzel kelerin isminin nereden geldiği bu çekimden iyice anlaşılıyor.
Her türlü zeminde rahatça hareket etmesini sağladığı belli.
İlginçtir ki bu türde de dişiler cansız renklere sahip ve erkeklere nazaran daha soluk gözüküyor.
İyi ki biz insanlarda durum tersine :)

Selam ve saygılarımla,

hello Bayram

superb shot of this camouflaged acrobatic Lady, with very fine
POV and the way it is framed, as always superbly focused
with great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-08-04 5:22]

Merhaba MF Prof. Bayram,
lively view of this acrobatic view. The pattern on the skin is stunning. such a nice view, wondering how you took this shot.
Well seen in superb sharpness and the diagonal line of the rock is adding beauty to your composition.


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