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Another Leopard beauty:) but...


Another Leopard beauty:) but...
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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: 2009-05-14
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D-80, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, @ ISO 400, SIGMA 62MM EX DG MC UV Filter
Exposure: f/22, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Turkish Herpetofauna [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-15 0:28
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Eublepharis angramainyu (Western Leopard Gecko, Leopard Gecko) [in Turk. Leopar Keleri] (Male)

Another leopard beauty:) but this time a gecko which was firstly recorded for Turkish herpetofauna in 2001 by me and my colleagues (you can read the related paper clicking on here, a Turkish version of the paper is here) .

TFL and Have a nice Saturday!
Cheers,


©Bayram GÖÇMEN, All Rights Reserved.

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The Leopard gecko ranges in western foothills of Zagros Mountains and Mesopotamian plain in Iran and Iraq, and NE Syria (Khabur River Region, near the Iraq-Syria border) and Turkey (Birecik, Sanliurfa province) with a vertical distribution between 300 and 1000 m.

It has typically deep axial pockets and well-developed movable eyelids (the genus name came after this characteristics, i.e. eu: true+blep: eyelid). Digits short, cylindrical, with transverse lamellae beneath, clawed, the claw partly concealed between two or four lateral scales and an upper scale; pupil vertical; males with preanal pores; dorsum with small juxtaposed scales and larger tubercles; tail shorter than head and body.

Adults with a continuous light vertebral stripe, bordered on each side by a broken black stripe from occiput to base of tail; dark markings not confined primarily to tubercles and immediately surrounding scales (as in Eublepharis macularius from Afghanistan and Baluchistan) but confluent, linearly arranged along either side of vertebral stripe; dorsolateral dark markings also linearly arranged, confluent with transverse markings; head with a pattern of dark and light reticulations; no horseshoe-shaped mark, dark or light, on nape; limbs with numerous dark blotches; tail with numerous irregular dark transverse markings, wider than the light interspaces; venter light tan. A juvenile has 3 dark transverse bars across dorsum, first on posterior part of neck and shoulders, second at midbody, third anterior to sacral region; middle bar largest, approximately equal to lighter interspaces, which are interspersed with dark tubercles; margins of dark bars darker than their central portions.

When alarmed, these lizards raise themselves high off the ground, even standing on their fingers and toes.

It inhabits stony hills and ruins. It is a nocturnal lizard and can be seen most often one hour before midnight; they feed on crickets among stones, scorpions, solpugids, large spiders and beetles, also on small geckos of the same and other species; egg laying occurs from end of May to the beginning of June.

You could reach more additional knowledge on all Leopard geckos of the World visiting my related web site.

References:

1. Göçmen, B. (Unpub. results). The results of herpetological trips.
2. Göçmen, B., Tosunoglu, M. & Ayaz, D. (2002).. First Record of the Leopard Gecko, Eublepharis angramainyu (Reptilia: Sauria: Eublepharidae), from Anatolia. Herpetological Journal,12 (2): 79-80.
3. Budak, A. & Göçmen, B. (2005). Herpetology. Ege Üniversitesi Fen Fakültesi Kitaplar Serisi, No. 194, Ege Üniversitesi Basimevi, Bornova-Izmir, 226 pp. [2nd Edition, 2008].
4. Anderson, S. C (1998). The Lizards of Iran. Contribution to Herpetology, Vol. 15, Society for the Study of Amphibians & Reptiles, NY, 442pp.

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Ciao Bayram, this is really a fantastic cre3ature, splendid portrait of beautiful lizard with amazing details, superb sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2010-05-15 0:36]

Merhaba Bayram hocam, çok etkili bir tür! Güzel bir çalışma tebrik ederim. .

What a fantastic creature, Bairam?! Well preserved details under a difficult strong light indeed! The use f/22 is questionable and not very appropriate in my opinion! I would suggest somewhere between f/8 and f/11 with your current lens. The background can be further "destroyed"!! Have a great weekend!!
Regards,
George Veltchev

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-05-15 1:27]

Hola Bayram,
no doubt a dragon :))
excellent angle of capture, and pov.
great image quality,
regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-15 2:13]

Hello MF Bayram,
Very nice capture of this Leopard Gecko.POV,details,composition and camouflage are wonderful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.Best regards Siggi

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-05-15 2:17]

Çok değişik,güzel ve ilginç bir kertenkele bu,üstelik bizim bölgeden.Duruşu ayrıca çook dikkat çekici.renkler ve netlik doyumda.Tebrikler...
Bi slavên germ,
Dûrzan

Bayram hocam bunu hatırlıyorum. Derse de getirmiştiniz. Gerçekten gözkapakları, deseni, boyutu ile ülkemizin en özel kertenkelelerinden biri. Harika görüntülemişsiniz sayın hocam.
Tam favorilik:)
Emeğinize sağlık. Saygılarımla.
Özgür

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-05-15 2:37]

Hi MF Bayram.

Great capture of this strange animal (for me).
Great POV and colors and you have managed the composition very well.
Have a nice weekend.

Gr. Hans

Selamlar sayın hocam,
mükemmel bir çalışma,
harika bir fotoğraf,
leoparın bukadar şık bir karesini daha önce hiç görmemiştim.
elinize sağlık.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-05-15 4:50]

Hello Bayram
Very interesting lizard. Thanks for sharing
Razvan

Ciao BBB. Magnifcient, superb impressive capture! Razor detail and great DOF with a winner light. Best compliments MF and have a nice Sunday.

Roberto

Hallo Bayram
Only little time but...
A great image with sharp and well detailed details captured here. Indeed a very fascinating lizard with fascinating features and a variety of lovely colours. I fancy the standing pose of the reptile and the natural sunlight in the image. Thanks for sharing.
Anna

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-05-15 5:11]

Merhaba MF Prof. Bayram,
superb shot. i like the stunt and the details you have shown. Excellent view in great sharpness and details. The creature is such a beauty and my it poses for you very well.
Real stunner for me.
A lot of strange animals I witness from your shot.
Real excellent view.

Regards,
Foozi

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-05-15 10:23]
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Merhaba Bayram Hocam,
Çok sevimli yaratıkmış:)Gözleri harika.Bunları böyle güzel görüntüleyebilmek için mutlaka davranışlarını da iyi bilmek gerekiyor.Ellerine sağlık Dostum,güzel bir hafta sonu geçirmeni diliyorum.

hello Bayram

WOW ! what a beautiful photo of the Leopard gecko,
fine low POV, superb focus sharpness and details,
wonderful luminosity and the subject's pose
bringing dynamism to the image, TFS

Asbed

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6475 W: 89 N: 15608] (65293)
  • [2010-05-15 16:09]

Hi Bayram,this is incredible,what a lucky capture! And what a great quality,this is a great contribution for TN...my greats compliments,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-15 19:55]

Hello Bayram,
Superior quality image with incredible technical attributes. The best gecko image I have seen in a while Bayram, thank you.
Rick

Bayram gulmekten catladim bu guzel kertenkeleye bakarken.. durusu kedicik gibi vallahi...hic bu kadar vucudunu yerden kaldirarak duran kertenkele gormemistim... sagol kardesim..
hepimizden selamlar...
Leyla.

Hello MF Bayram,
a fantastic macro shot of the Leopard Gecko taken from an excellent POV in spectacular posture, superb sharpness and bright colours, very well composed.
TFS
Best regards
Maurizio

Superbe spécimen mis vraiment en valeur par cette photo. Merci. Rudy

Bonjour Bayam
Il est impressionnant...
Et ta photo restitue une allure d'alligator, à ce Gecko...
Les teintes sont belles, et la qualité de ta prise est comme d'habitude : Excellente.
merci beaucoup pour tous ces splendides reptiles
Amicalement
Laurent

Hello Bayram,
Great capture of this fascinating gecko standing on its legs, good focus on the head
TFS
Have a nice Sunday
Albert

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-05-16 5:33]

Hello Bayram,
Very interesting posting again! I love this creature with its very archaic and special shape. And you have caught it in an impressive pose and with a very natural picture. Amazing and beautiful world!
Thanks and kind regards
Anne

Dayi galiba tum guzel surungenler guneydoguda. Simdi anlarim neden oraya gitmek istedigini. Cok guzel gercekten. Hayran olmamak mumkun degil. Emegine saglik dayi. Kib!
Mel

Merhaba Bayram
what a wonderful creature !!
fine detailed shot, beautiful colors thanks the superb lighting
nice pose on a fallen tree trunk
he have a strange eye
have a good night
Jacqueline

Dear Bayram,
This shot is fantastic. I'm very happy to meet this beauty, with strong character, thanks to you. Colours and composition are great and the eye very impressive.
İyi geceler arkadaşım,
Cathy

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2010-05-17 2:38]

Nefis tür, detaylı ve çok güzel olmuş Bayram hocam.
Emeğine ellerine sağlık, selamlar saygılar..
Bedri..

Bayram hocam kelerlerin kıralını yüklemişsiniz:)
Tipik duruşuyla harika bir foto olmuş hocam.
Saygılar,
Naşit

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-05-20 9:44]

Hello Bayram!
Congratulations on being first to record this fantastic Gecko!! It is really beautiful and I love its long legs! A brilliant capture too showing it in a very nice pose. Great focus and details and lovely natural colours.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

offf... pozuyla ve teknik kalitesi ile, her açıdan sıradışı Bayram hocam. Elinize sağlık.
Nazım

Hellow Bayram,
Nicely captured in its natural surroundings and quite a pose.The amazing colouration and designs of the lizard brilliantly shown.
erwin...

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