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Anatolian Marsh Frog-1st on TN- for Omer

Anatolian Marsh Frog-1st on TN- for Omer
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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: 2010-09-04
Categories: Amphibians
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/25.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Turkish Herpetofauna, F r o g s [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-17 1:06
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Pelophylax caralitanus (Anatolian Marsh Frog, Arikan’s Marsh Frog) [in Turk. Anadolu Ova/Bataklık Kurbağası] (Male)

Today an another Anatolian beauty which appearing on TN firstly with a new locality record of the species! Therefore i could not give the exact locality at least now! Sorry for this incomplete info. Today I am presenting a shot taken from a relatively low frontal POV -I used my macro ring-flash (Sigma EM-140 DG)- showing its typical characteristics.

I am dedicating this beauty to one young herpetologist, fellow from Afyon Kocatepe University, Ömer ESER (omereser) for his kind interest my herpetological captures/studies and in thanks for his lovely dedication to me with a beautiful endemic mountain frog, Tavas Frog as a 1st on TN! Thank you Ömer for the lovely dedication once more.

TFL and have a nice weekend!

©Bayram GÖÇMEN, All Rights Reserved.



Anatolian Marsh Frog is an endemic species of Turkey which is mainly widespread in the western parts of Central Anatolia (Konya, Ankara & Eskişehir provinces). It also known from some eastern parts of Aegean region, including Afyon, Isparta, Burdur, Muğla & Denizli provinces) and the northern parts of Antalya province (Mediterranean region) up to elevations approx. 1800 m. The specific name came after Beyşehir Lake, the former name of which is “Lake Caralis” which is the type locality of the species.

It is strongly aquatic, inhabits lakes, pools or slowly flowing streams with much or less vegetation. It stays in close proximity of water bodies. Food spectrum comprises various invertebrates, and, occasionally, also small vertebrates. The biology, general body shape and size (SVL up to 13 cm) are similar to other marsh frogs (Euro-Caucasian Common Marsh frog Pelophylax ridibundus, Asiatic Levantine Marsh P. bedriagae and European Edible frog P. exculentus) by having dorsolateral skin folds, vertebral stripe (approx. 50%), two vocal sacs in males and no temporal stripes. However, this species is easily distinguished from all other similar species by having the vermiculate orange coloured maculations covering the venters, including the ventral aspects of head, fore and hind extremities.


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. Arıkan, H. (1988). On a new form of Rana ridibunda (Anura, Ranidae) from Turkey. Istanbul Üniv. Fen. Fak. Biyoloji Der., 53: 81-87.
4. Franzen, M., Bußmann, M., Kordges, T. & Thiesmeier, B. (2008). Die Amphibien und Reptilien der Südwest-Turkei. Supplement der Zeitschrift für Feldherpetologie 14, Laurenti Verlag, Bielefeld, Germany, 328pp

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Hi bayram,
great shot of this fat frog with a good angle chosen. Nice colours with the contrast of the blue sky.

Muhteşem ötesi bir makro Bayram hocam. Derinkil ve alçak bakış açısı etkileyici.
Türün özelliğini göstermek için bence bundan daha iyisi olamazdı. Emeklerinize sağlık. Saygılarımla,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-09-17 1:50]

Szia Baratom Byram,
Congratulations for this new species on TN and for the new location too!Interesting enedic species, TFS!Have a nice WE!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-17 1:51]

Hi Bayram,a low point of view to see under the frog...and what a nice desing,yellow and white! Beauiful idea and great realisation,i like a lot the perfect sharpness and the brilliant colors.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Congratulations on this fantastic close-up Dayi, it seems to be focused in all the right places. The low POV and use of both the available and flash light has a really good effect here. Impressive photo.
Warm regards,

Hello Bayram!
Great photo, I like mostly the low POV, excellent DoF... Good idea to use the flash! Great focus on the eye.

Hocam yeni yayılış alanı kaydı ve bu muhteşem foto ile sunum için tebrikler. Gerçekten mükemmel olmuş. Tipik özelliği göstermesinin ötesinde, fotografinin biyolojik amaçlı kullanımına da önemli bir belge. Ayrıca estetik fotografide olaması gereken tüm özellikler de mevcut. Bu kadar etkileşimi tek karede toplamak her babayiğidin harcı değil. Emeklerinize sağlık.


A beautiful capture, Big Bro!
Very neat and a unique POV!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-17 2:28]

Merhaba Bayram dostum,
This is another superb TN first from you!
A fine capture taken from the anterior ventral aspect, of an Anatolian Marsh Frog, with excellent use of fill-in flash to show the delicate yellow markings of the throat and belly together with sharp details of the eyes and face.
Congratulations my friend and thanks for this valuable contribution!
Have a good weekend,

Hello little bro,

congratulations with your first time frog.
We have both many firsttimers.
Good detailed and sharp image witt nice pov
Fine colours, this specie never been seen.


what a beauty! tfs

wowwww.. hocam sizin bir tabiriniz vardı sık kullandığınız:)
Şimdi o laf tam gider: "Bundan iyisi Şam'da kayısı!".
Her bakımdan kusursuz bir sunum. Ötesi yok!
Ellerinize sağlık. Saygılarımla,


Ovvvv. super hocam. renkler de harika ellerinize sağlık.

Ciao BBB. Great contrast here with best light's managment and beautiful natural colours. The right POV to exalt the cute expression of this fat friend.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-09-17 5:39]

Looks like a monster of frog from this viewpoint. Interesting colors, captured well. tfs.

Bayaram Bro,

this is a lovely capture of an amazing amphibian with innovative PoV. I loved this PoV. This Frog is also amazing with lot of lovely patterns near its throat. Lovely eyes. Very nice composition!


Merhaba Bayram Hocam,

Hediyeniz beni çok mutlu etti. Bu benim için büyük bir onur. Hem de Arıkan hocamızın endemik kurbağasıyla... Bu caralitanus adını hep merak etmiştim. Demek Beyşehir gölünün antik çağdaki adındanmış. P. caralitanus'un gerçek turuncu rengini fotonuzda gördüm. Biz de tezimde Gölcük örneklerini bu türden kabul etmiştik ancak turuncu rengi silik turuncumsu kahverengi olarak görebilmiştik. Uzun sözün kısası, kırkına merdiven dayamış ancak onaltı yıl önceki biyoloji öğrencisi hayallerini hala kaybetmemiş bir sınıf öğretmenini onore ettiniz. Allah da sizi mutlu etsin.:)

Ciao Bayram, fantastic portrait, great first on TN, wonderful colors, fine details, splendid blurry BG and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Selam my dear friend Prof. Bayram,
A lovely capture of this beautiful and huge looking frog. Lovely orange colored patterns in its belly. Good composition and very good sharp details. A very nice POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Certainly the model is not the best of beauty, but the POV is exceptional.The colours of the amphibian's belly and the eyes turned upward are just that extra touch.
Great photography.

Have a nice weekend.

hello Bayram
very nice pose to see his body on the under side
great sharpness and good details with beautiful colours
great shot for the first time on TN
greeting lou

Hellow Bayram,
That is an excellent angle and a clever composition.Amazing colouration and its designs are well shown.The protruding eyes are quite a strong focal point, well done MF.

Selamlar sayın hocam,
mükemmel bir hdiye.
harika bir kare.
sarı desenleriyle parmaklarını çok beğendim.
En güzel dileklerimle hoşcakalın.

Bayram thank you for this frog whose posture is pretty funny ...
it seems like a matron observe everything that happens.
Cheer for details and colors very natural

bayram..muhtesem cekim kardesim.. Bu bakistan kurbaga dev gorunuyor. Oturmus etrafi izleyen patronlara benzemis:)
Hepimizden selam ve sevgiler..

Merhaba Bayram,
I'm sure this handsome Anatolian frog is a charming prince waiting for a kiss... He is just a little bit pretentious... usual for a prince. It is a great capture, so well composed from a low POV, with the blue sky and the fanstastic shape of the throat. The fingers move freezed is also fantastic. He is so alive on my screen, for sure he will say something! Tebrik ederim! Selam ve sevgiler,

Hello Bayram,
fantastic image, details, background and sharpness super for this frog. A very nice picture. Regards, Paolo

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-17 10:45]

Hello Bayram,
Impressive close photo from this Marsh Frog. Very beautiful contrasting colours against the blue BG. Excellent sharpness and a great composition.
Congrations for bringing another new species to TN.

Bayram hocam muhteşem kelimesi bile yetersiz bence bu kare için. Dediğiniz gibi bakış açısı her zman fotoyu çok güzel belirliyor. Emeğinize sağlık hocam. Saygılar.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-17 13:10]
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El hareketlerinden piyano çaldığı anlaşılıyor.Pozuna bakılırsa klasik müzikle uğraştığı kesin,taverna sanatçılarına pek benzemiyor:)Harika görüntülemişsin Dostum,bakış açısı canlı renkler mükemmel olmuş.TN deki ilk fotograf olması da önemli bir olay.Bu arada Ömer başlıkta Ömer yazınca sazan gibi atladığımı sanma:)
Güzel bir haftasonu geçirmen dileğimle,selamlar,ellerine sağlık..

Hello Bayram,
Great capture with superb details and excellent colours.
Very nice composition and clarity. Perfect focus.
Congratulation and have a nice weekend!

No es común ver este tipo de fotografías, tanto por la especie
como por el ángulo de disparo empleado. Los colores son realmente
armoniosos y el control de la luz difícil pero creo que conseguido.
Excelente trabajo.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-09-17 19:00]

Hello Bayram,
A great closeup shot of this colorful frog showing wonderful detail. The blue sky in the BG is an added bonus to this beautiful photo. Very informative notes. Well done!!

Well composed shot with excellent details. And WOW this is first on TN and those orange/yellow patterns stand out. and a good dedication too !

Hola Bayram

Preciosa composición, tonos de colors muy bonitos, perfecta composición y nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hallo MF Bayram,
a fantastic portrait of the Anatolian Marsh Frog taken from an excellent frontal POV with impressive detail and very beautiful colours, a very nice composition with a great perspective against the blu sky.
Best regards

Merhaba Bayram hocam,

Önden harika bir çekim. Alt bölümde yer alan sarı desenler çok canlı ve çok hoş.
Arka plandaki mavi gökyüzü kompozisyonu da süper durmuş.
Elinize ve emeğinize sağlık.

Selam ve saygılarımla,

Hello my friend Bayram. Excellent capture from the underside exposing the texture and details of this unique reptile. The closeness of the framing with the popping eyes are amazing against the blue sky.
Well done and kind regards - Jusni

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-12-30 6:01]

Merhaba MF Prof. Bayram,
very close capture and very lively pattern on its throat. well seen and well detailed presentation.
the lighting is good and the blue shy really add some exciting beauty to your composition.


Dear Barea,

Long time no see. I truly hope once you'll return to TN. This pic is fantastic, great eye contact with the model. :) Even you used f/25, DoF is shallow - but this is good this way. Incredible color contrast and very interesting abdominal textures! Just wonderful - as the whole photo. Congrats and tfs.

At the same time I'd like to say thanx for helping me in the ID of my latest frog shots. I'll post one of those images later.

Friendly regards, László

Dear Bayram. It seems to me, a big part of your profession is detective work :-)
I add your price to my theme "F r o g s "
Congratulation on your discovery.
Thanks for sharing.
Warm Greetings from the Tzaneen Dam in Limpopo, South Africa

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