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Male Anatolian Rock Lizard

Male Anatolian Rock Lizard
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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: 2010-06-11
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D-5000, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG APO HSM, @ ISO 400
Exposure: f/8, 1/1200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Turkish Herpetofauna [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-06-12 21:48
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Anatololacerta anatolica anatolica (Anatolian Rock Lizard) [in Turk. Anadolu Kaya Kertenkelesi] (Male)

Today a handsome male of Anatolian Rock Lizard from the same location (Kışlacık village, Afyonkarahisar) while basking and ready-to-catch a fly meal on a rock (see also attached WS to see its general appearance).

TFL and Have a nice Sunday!

©Bayram GÖÇMEN, All Rights Reserved.


Anatololacerta (Anatolian Rock Lizards) genus includes more closely related three species which are mainly endemic to Anatolia. They are known from the Western and SW Turkey and some neighbouring Aegean islands including Samos, Ikaria and Rhodes. They are small-sized lizards up to about 75 mm from snout to vent; adult males often larger than females; head and body not very strongly depressed. They inhabit rock areas and loose stone walls in forested or wooded areas not much removed from water and frequently are seen while they are climbing on rock exposures and their anthropogenic equivalents. Feeds on mainly insects, rarely other small invertebrates. Males bite flank of females during copulation and a female lays 3–8 eggs.

They possess the following features found only in a minority of other lacertid lizards:
Often five upper labial scales in front of subocular plate, masseteric scale frequently small or absent, preanal scale relatively small and bordered by more than one row of smaller scales, broad pale dorsolateral stripes often present, hemipenial lobes relatively long with large outer sulcal lips on lobes. Other more widely distributed features include head and body not strongly depressed, seven premaxillary teeth in adults, usual number of presacral vertebrae in males 26, inscriptional ribs frequently absent, tail brightly coloured in hatchlings; hemipenial microornamentation of crown-shaped tubercles. Scaling and colour-pattern characteristis are changed according to species and subspecies. A brief summary is as follows:

Scaling. Rostral separated from frontonasal scale; row of supraciliary granules complete; outer edge of parietal scale reaching lateral border of parietal table only posteriorly. Two postnasal scales; no contact between the supranasal and anterior loreal scales above nostril; often five upper labial scales in front of subocular; first upper temporal scale large; masseteric scale frequently small or absent. Dorsal body scales small and smooth, about 50–65 in a transverse row at mid-body. Collar smooth-edged; six or eight longitudinal rows of ventral scales; preanal scale very small, bordered by two or more semicircles of small subequal scales and separated from the vent by other smaller scales; scales under toes tubercular; caudal scale whorls subequal in length.

Colouring. More or less striated or banded, frequently with pale fairly broad dorsolateral stripes separating vertebral and lateral bands that may be reticulate, particularly in males. Background colour light bluish green to light brown with scattered small black spots and white flecks. No blue ocelli in shoulder region. Underside usually whitish or bluish, but throat often reddish especially in males and subadults; chin and throat often with dark spots; blue spots present on outer row of ventral scales; tail bright green-blue in hatchlings.

Species and subspecies included to this genus and their distribution areas are follows:
1. Anatololacerta anatolica (Anatolian Rock Lizard) [in Turk. Anadolu Kaya Kertenkelesi] (2 subspecies)
(a) A. a. anatolica - NW Anatolia.
(b) A. a. aegaea - Samos island (Greece) and the nearby continental Samsundagh mountain range (i.e. Dilek Penninsula), Turkey.
2. Anatololacerta oertzeni (Oertzen’s Lizard ) [in Turk. Örtzen Kertenkelesi] (5 subspecies)
(a) A. o. oertzeni - Ikara island (Greece)
(b) A. o. pelesgiana - Rhodos and adjacent small islands (Greece), SW Anotolia south of Menderes river, and easthward to Fethiye.
(c) A. o. finikensis - coastal SW Anatolia between Kaş and Finike.
(d) A. o. ibrahimi - coastal S Anatolia between Antalya and Gülnar, and isolated group NE and E of Adana.
(e) A. o. budaki - mountainous regions from Central Lykia to Eastern Menderes valley.
3. Anatololacerta danfordi (Danford’s Rock Lizard) [in Turk. Toros Kertenkelesi] (2 subspecies)
(a) A. d. danfordi - Cilician Taurus.
(a) A. d. bileki - from Burdur in Central Anatolia via Beysehir down to coastal Silifke.

Short Description of Anatololacerta anatolica (Anatolian Rock Lizard) [in Turk. Anadolu Kaya Kertenkelesi]

Gular region and anterior parts of the belly in adults (sometimes whole belly) are brick-red to whitish. Vertebrale zone on the back is light brown with irregularly dispersed small black spots and white flecks. There are fairly broad and unspotted dorsolateral (supraciliar) stripes separating vertebral and lateral bands. Outer one or two longitudinal rows of ventral plates have generally dark spots. It has significantly narrower pileus (head width) and numerious (nearly ever more than 15) enlarged marginal plates. In nominate race the supraciliar stripes are resolved in white flecks, whereas it is a continuous white stripe in A. a. aegaea. Also the later one has typically lower gular scale numbers and longer first supratemporal scale compare to nominate race. Vertebral zone darker as well.

1. Göçmen, B. (Unpub. results). The results of herpetological trips.
2. Budak, A. & Göçmen, B. (2005). Herpetology. Ege Üniversitesi Fen Fakültesi Kitaplar Serisi, No. 194, Ege Üniversitesi Basimevi, Bornova-Izmir, 226 pp [2nd Edition, 2008].
3. Arnold, E. N., Arribas, O. & Carranza, S. 2007. Systematics of the Palaearctic and Oriental lizard tribe Lacertini (Squamata Lacertidae Lacertinae), with descriptions of eight new genera. Zootaxa 1430: 1-86.
4. Eiselt, J. & Schmidtler, J. F. (1986). Der Lacerta danfordi-Komplex. Spixiana, 9 (3): 289-328.

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Hallo Bayram
Stunning image. Fantastic colours. Excellent details. Spot-on focus. Perfect moment captured. Wonderful eye contact. What more can I say? Really a pleasure to look at a master photographer's work. Thanks for sharing and a very relaxing Sunday.

En az bir makro kadar kaliteli nefis bir çekim Bayram hocam.
Kıbrıs'tan selam ve sevgiler.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-12 22:47]
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Merhaba Bayram,
Superb close portrait of a male Anatolian Rock Lizard. The classic composition, pose, POV, colours, lighting, sharpness and clean Bg all contribute to a top quality portait.
There seems to be less sexual dimorphism in this species.
Thanks and have good week dostum,

Amazing point of view from lateral perspective, Prof Bayram.
This one goes straight to my favourites.
The image is not only a valuable documentation of this species but also a work of art. Hats off to you!!

Hello Bayram
Another great lizard today! I like the fantastic details and lovely colors.
Amazing diagonal capture!

Dişisi kadar üreme renklerine sahip olmasa da bütün detaylar belirgin. Eğer doktora yaparsam Afyon çevresindeki Anatololacerta populasyonlarını çalışmak isterim. Afyon'dan anatolica, Sultandağlarından pelasgiana, Dazkırı'dan bileki kaydı var. Bize bilimle dolu güzel bir cuma günü geçirttiğiniz için tekrar teşekkürler.

İyi pazarlar Bayram hocam. Yine nefis bir çekim. Kertenkelenin özellikle gözündeki parıldama çok hoş. Ortamında ne kadar mutlu olduğunu ifade eder tarzda.
Emeklerinize sağlık hocam. Saygılarımla.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-13 0:25]

Merhaba Bayram
This is a very interesting lizard, with great colors and sharp details.
I like the diagonal of this shot!

Merhaba Bayram hocam,

Uzun bir aradan sonra yeni karelerinizi gördüğüme ve geri gelmenize sevindim. Bütün çalışmalarınızı bizim açımızdan (bizim açımızdan dedim, çünkü birikiminiz zaten sizin içinizde mevcut, bizler içinse önceki paylaşımlarınız artık yok) heba eden o talihsiz olaylar zincirinden sonra açıkcası siteden ben de uzak kalmıştım. Emeğe ve insana saygı duymayan proplemli kişiliklerin doğa için ne kadar zararlı olabileceklerini bir kez daha anlamış olduk.
Ayrıca bu vesile ile de şunu da belirtmekte fayda görüyorum: Aslında çok zengin bir vahşi yaşama sahip ülkemizin doğal güzelliklerimizi sergileyen ulusal bir site çalışmasına neden imza atmıyoruz? Bir kaç yıl önce Urfa da yaşayan Çizgili Sırtlanlarının belgeselini yapan çek vatandaşı yapımcıları duymuştum. Neden biz ülkemizin zanginliklerine sahip çıkmayalım. Çoğu insanımız bu güzel ülkede sırtlanların, kuyruk sürenlerin, çöl kobralarının, varan kelerlerinin yaşadığını bilmiyor. Belki de efsaneye dönüşen ama sık sık görüldüğü iddiaları gündeme gelen Anadolu parsının; veya kısa zaman önce nesli tükendiği söylenen Anadolu Kaplanının güney ve doğu illerindeki izleri neden takip edilmesin? Bir doğa sever olarak doğal zenginliklere sahip ülkemizin bunu fazlasıyla hakkettiğini düşünüyorum.
Fotoğrafa gelince, yine mükemmel bir çekim gerçekleştirmişsiniz üstadım. Güzel bir bakış açısı ile çok güzel görüntülemişsiniz. Güneş ışığı, zaten net olan görüntünün detaylarını iyice belirgin kılmış. Bu güzel sürüngen çalışmalarınızın devamlarını da görmek dileğiyle Selam ve saygılarımı sunuyorum hocam.


Hi Bayram,
Another exceptionally well taken image of a lizard with great sharpness and spot on exposure.Its colours are well suited into the surrounding natural envirnment. Nice perspective MF.

Merhaba sevgili Bayram,
Very interesting to see the male after the 2 young females posted yesterday. This time, the photo was taking with distance, but with same quality of sharpness and colours. Very handsome guy indeed, with dominant appearance. I'm sure it was nice to observe him! Have a nice day MF!

Hello Bayram,

Fantastique diagonale, quelle capture!!! superbes détails, la roche nette entre les deux bandes floues donne un bel effet et glorifie la présence du lizard.
Souriant portrait avec un oeil sympatiquement amusé. Sublimes couleurs et texture.
Merci pour ce partage passionnant. Beau WS.
Bon dimanche. Yolande

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-13 1:31]

Hello Bayram,
Very beautiful photo of this lizard. Excellent quality in all aspects. Superb!

Ciao BBB. Razoe detaisl for thi cute friend in soplendid colours and sharp. Fantastic light MF!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-06-13 7:04]

Hello Bayram,
Really interesting to see the male of this beautiful species as well! I expect you must have waited for some time to spot both! A lovely composition and technically excellent. The light and colours are warm and beautiful!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-06-13 7:14]

Merhaba MF Prof. Bayram,
very beautiful indeed with nice scales and shiny skin.
The composition is lively and it gesture is cute.
A nicely done shot.


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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2010-06-13 8:42]

Nefis detaylar emeğine sağlık dostum, 50*500 ile çok güzel ayrıca, tebrikler..
Sevgiler selamlar..

Dayi erkegini de cok guzel cekmissin. Ayni yerde hem erkek hem disi, belkide kari-koca:) Eline saglik dayi.

Ciao Bayram, an other great capture of beautiful lizard, splendid light and colors, wonderful blurry BG, fine details and excellent sharpness very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Bayram hocam erkeği de tğüm yakışıklılığı ile harika görüntülemişsiniz. Emeklerinize sağlık.
İyi geceler hocam.

hello Bayram

the 2 photos are great, my preference goes to the one
of the WS because of its POV that i love more,
2 photos shot with great focus sharpness details,



Hi Bayram,
Great image taken with excellent details, lovely colors, great POV and beautiful composition. Well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-13 13:35]

Hello Mf Bayram,
A very fine quality of composition in this rock lizard!The exposure and focus is spot on with superb sharpness, real colour and details to view and enjoy!Also thanks for the informative notes.Best regards Siggi

Hello MF Bayram,
another outstanding macro shot of this lizard, fantastic sharpness and colours, a very pleasing composition with a great eye contact
Best regards

Erkegide en az disi kadar guzelmis Bayram.. Yine cok guzel bir sunum yapmissin.. ellerine saglik.. iyi geceler canim kardesim.
Hepimizden selamlar..

Ohh.. oh.. gerçekten çok yakışılı imiş.
Emeğinize sağlık hocam. Saygılar.

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