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Portrait of Male Levant Fan-footed Gecko

Portrait of Male Levant Fan-footed Gecko
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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-80, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, @ ISO 320, SIGMA 62MM EX DG MC UV Filter
Exposure: f/16, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Herpetofauna of the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-07-18 3:02
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Ptyodactylus puiseuxi (Levant Fan-footed Gecko) [in Turk. Levanten Yelpazeayaklı Keleri] (Male)

Thanks a lot for all kind welcome messages written to my previous post. Today I am presenting a portrait of this Levant beauty from Neaime (Jerash).

TFL and Have a nice Sunday!

©Bayram GÖÇMEN, All Rights Reserved.


Levant Fan-footed Gecko is the typical species for the northern Levant, distributed in Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Jordan and probably W Iraq. In Jordan, it is widely distributed through Mediterranean habitats of W Jordan and in eastern black lava desert. It inhabits rocky cliffs, groups of bigger stones and ruins in various types of habitats (Mediterranean oak forests, Mediterranean steppes); in the black lava desert it does not avoid even extensive flat fields of small lava boulders.

Levant Fan-footed Gecko is middle sized, relatively robust gecko with a contrasting spotted coloration. Head is triangular, rather flat. Eyes are relatively big, with a vertical pupil and brownish to reddish iris. The extremities are, in comparison to other Jordanian Ptyodactylus -P. guttatus (Spotted Fan-footed Gecko) and P. hasselquistii (Egyptian Fan-footed Gecko), relatively short. Fan-like adhesive lamellae are similar to other members of the genus. Tail is shorter than head and body, with 27-31 caudal whorls. Dorsal tubercles are small, rounded and/or bluntly conical. Typically, there are 10-20 tubercles on forelimbs. Coloration varies in shadows of vivid dark grey, black or grey-brown, with numerous white and greyish spots on the head, dorsum and extremities, including fingers and toes. Pairs of middorsal spots often coalesce. There are more or less expressed white crossbars on the tail. Dorsal pattern of females and juveniles is less contrast. Adult specimens reach a Snout-Vent length of 75 mm. Sexual dimorphism is well pronounced, males are bigger, more robust, having a contrasting colour pattern and possessing distinctly swollen hemipenial pouches.

Levant Fan-footed Gecko is rupicolous, mostly diurnal species, with morning and afternoon peaks of activity, commonly observed basking on rocks in the late morning; during the summer active also after the sunset. Although populations are often very dense, they are territorial, living solitarily or, mainly in breeding season, in pairs. Males are loudly vocalizing. Mating takes place in spring and summer, females lays several clutches consisting of two hard-shelled eggs. Food spectrum consists mostly of various smaller arthropods. Majority of populations hibernate between December and February.


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. Esterbauer,H. (1985). Zur Herpetofauna Südwestsyriens. Herpetofauna 7 (38): 23-34.

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  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-18 3:05]

Hi Bayram,i see an impressive macro yesterday but this is the top.....what a details,it's possible to look inside the geko eye!!A top quality macro,very very impressive! Have a nice warm Sunday..ehehe...and thanks,LUCIANO

Merhaba MF!
Great portrait of this handsome guy, with fantastic details of his deep and mysterious eye. Very interesting species which can support so hot temperatures. Have a nice Sunday (still on the way in Turkey, I suppose...). Cheers,

Bayram hocam az önce yorum yazmıştım:) bir baktım yenisini yüklemişsiniz. Muhteşem detaylar. Her zamanki sıradışı güzellikteki kaliteden ödün vermiyorsunuz.
Emeğinize sağlık hocam. İyi pazarlar.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-07-18 3:21]

Merhaba MT Prof. Bayram,
amazing focus on the head. Very exciting to note its details like beads on the carpet.
Excellent composition indeed.
You have exposed and revealed the beauty of this lizard so explicitly.
Well presented shot in a stunning precision.


Dikey göz bebeği, yelpaze şeklindeki ilginç parmaklar ve çöl sıcağında kar taneleri gibi görünen beyaz benekler... Çok güzel bir tür. Portresi de çok hoş.
Elinize sağlık

Hi Bayram,

This is another great photo of a lizard. The detail is excellent and I love how the eye looks.
The colours are wonderful and stand out really well and the exposure is also spot on.
Great capture and TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-07-18 3:49]

Merhaba Bayram Dostum,
A superb close follow-up of this male Fan-footed Gecko, the sharpness, colours and lighting contributing to a great portrait of the head with fascinating details of the skin and eye.
Thanks and all the best,

Hi Bayram
Is a little sad your beautiful lizard!This is because the crises is not finish?
Details and colors are amazing!

it hurts, it is so beautiful, greteings Ori

Ciao BBB. An outstanding impressive and super detailed portrait. Coloured top focused eye is a real masterpiece!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-07-18 4:57]

Hello Bayram,
A most striking portrait of a beautiful Gecko-species. Amazing fine blue patterns which look like so many Forget-me-not flowers!! And what a kind way to look! Excellent sharpness, like always.
Kind regards

Dayi yakin karesi de cok guzel. Gozleri cok duygusal bakiyor. Derideki detaylar ve pullarin renkleri cok guzel.
Col hayvanlari genelde boyle guzel oluyor nedense. Eline saglik. Selamlar.

Hello Bayram,
Amazing portrait with exceptional details and clarity.
Superb focus and very nice POV. Outstanding vivid colours.
Your trip ofers excellent oportunity for such great capture.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-07-18 8:28]
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Hello Bayram,
Great to have a closer look at this beautiful Gecko and the beautiful orange eye and eyelid! Fantastic sharpness and colours! It's amazing how much sharpness you get after cropping your photos!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Bareatom,

Long time no see MF. After a break I just returned to TN and sadly saw Your gallery became much shorter. I read the reasons, critiques / comments and by my opinion it was a mistake You deleted a lot of photos only because You've had problems with 2 guys. Don't take me wrong, I shouldn't like to judge You, just a personal thought. In 2008 I was also insulted by an old TN-member (not by Gert or George) respected by others, so I'm conscious of Your feelings a bit.

Absolutely excellent macro with great sharpness, plenty of details, pleasant composition and nice exposure. I'm especially amazed by that big eye. :) Aesthetic and elegant work, bravo MF. Your note's on the same high level as always. Tfs.

Sorry for the question, but You know my craziness: did You find any fungi in Jordan?

Friendly regards, László

Tú siempre de viaje :-), espero entonces que todo haya ido bien Bayram.
Por aquí tenemos mucha calor últimamente, aunque creo que es también en varias zonas de Europa e incluso en la Rusia Asiática.

Tu toma excelente, un cuidado acercamiento de preciosas tonalidades, además con un ojo captado de manera soberbia.

Un abrazo y hasta pronto: Josep Ignasi.

hello Bayram
great details of this macro shot
beautiful colours and good light
greeting lou

  • Great 
  • Rafa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 172 W: 0 N: 7] (846)
  • [2010-07-18 11:13]

terrific macreo!! what an image quality!

Bayram hocam muhteşem bir makro. Tüm detayları ve sıradışılığı ile klasik bir Bayram Göçmen eseri.
Ellerinize vemeğinize sağlık hocam. Saygılar,

Hello Bayram,
welcome back MF,
great portrait, amazing details, vivid colors, top quality work,
well done,
TFS, best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-07-18 13:23]

Hello MF Bayram,
Amazing close up image with superb details, textures and color. Great work, thank you for sharing.Best regards Siggi

Merhaba Bayram,
Welcome back from your trip!
This picture is so fabulous that I was hypnotized for a while! The colours and sharpness are so amazing! Great work and many thanks for sharing it with us!


Günaydın Bayram hocam. Muhteşem bir yakın plan çalışması olmuş. Pul ve desen detaylarından gözlerin güzelliğini ortaya çıkaran kusursuz pozlamaya kadar her bakımdan usta işi bir çalışma. Emeklerinize sağlık.

bayram:) ne kadar guzel ve masum gozleri varmis. ustundeki pullarin dizilisi renkleri muhtesem. Yaradan ozene bezene yaratmis.. doga ana nelere kadir.. bu guzelligi bize de gosterdigin icin cok tesekkurler kardesim.. gozumuz kulagimizsin.. ellerine saglik. hepimizden selam ve sevgiler...

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-07-19 1:05]

Hello Bayram!

What a beautifull portrait of colorfull gecko! Colours of scales are amazing, but its eyes are even more beautifull with deep amber colour. Excellent quality.

Ciao Bayram, fantastic portrait of beautiful cecko, good natural colors, wonderful blurry BG, splendid sharpness and amazing details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Bayram,

That's a very attractive animal, rich color and fine detail are presented perfectly. The exposure is just right, as the white spots are not blown out. Altogether, a fine image.


Hi Bayram, again,
so I was right, you really lay it on! Just great this portrait. Gecko eyes are worth every effort in photography and the result is awesome. Thanks for the detailed description.
My best regards

Merhaba Bayram

You must have been kneeling in front of the animal to get this portrait!

The topaz coloured eye is absolutely beautiful, and the details of the scales very interesting.

A truly fascinating photo, and I add it to my favorites.

Like always it is a true pleasure to read and learn from your notes.

Jyi geceler geceler

hello bayram, fantastic macro, great sharpness, an very good shot, i like your pictures very much...
have a nice week...
best regards

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-07-19 14:26]

Dostum merhaba,
Bu kertenkele gerçekten çok değişik ve çok güzel.Gözdeki canlılık ve dokulardaki detaylar harika.Mükemmel bir çekim olmuş.Eline emeğine sağlık.
Bi slavên germ.

Merhaba Bayram
another shot of this beautiful gecko, a great portrait with superb focus on his eye,
wonderful sharp details on the skin showind us the structure very well
have a good night

Ciao MF Bayram,
what an impressive portrait of this Gecko, very good sharpness and fine detail, splendid colours, a great visula impression in this close composition.
Best regards

Hello Bayram,

Quel oeil mystérieux! Superbe portrait, grand sdétails de peau qui laisse à penser à des petits cailloux collés les uns contre les autres, l'image est très insolite. Compliments.
Amitiés. Yolande

Hocam super ötesi bir çekim. Renkler ve detaylar olağanüstü.
Tam usta işi olmuş. Emeklerinize sağlık.

nice portrait, tfs

Hocam netlik detaylar ve gözleri mükemmel.
elinize sağlık.

hello Bayram

before TN i was not big fan of portrait photos
of birds or wild animals, it is with the photos
like your's on this one that i start to love,
great portrait shot with superb focus great sharpness
and details, and a beautiful colour of the eye, TFS


Merhaba Bayram hocam,

Büyük göz detayları süper olmuş.
Gözler, gece görüşü için tasarlanmış sanki.
Boncuk yapılı pulları da çok ilginç.
Her şeyi ile kusursuz bir makro.
Elinize sağlık.

Selam ve saygılarımla,

Şu güzelliğe bak yaaa... sonunda bana da kertenkele için güzel dedirttin ya helal olsun sana. Renkleri ve detyları ile TNde gördüğüm sıradışı karelerden. Emeğine sağlık kardeşim.

Hellow Bayram,
Another great close up of this gecko showing the rough texture and such an intens eye.It has a interesting and unique skin colouration as well as the " spotty" patterns.
PS. My 3 year old sons been nicknamed gecko because he is so " busy" just like the geckos.

Selam my dear friend,
A very beautiful portrait of this beautiful gecko. Very well composed closeup with very good sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

This is first class mugshot of a Gecko friend Bayram. Such an amazing skin texture and the eye is so well defined in such a close framing.
Top calss presentation and well done indeed.
Kind regards,

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