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Agama agama


Agama agama
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6452 W: 89 N: 15596] (65252)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-02-22
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/5.2, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2014-01-03 12:22
Viewed: 3857
Points: 40
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See a full view on the WS.

Class: Sauropsida
Order: Squamata
Suborder:Iguania
Family: Agamidae
Subfamily:Agaminae
Genus: Agama
Species:A. agama

The common agama, red-headed rock agama, or rainbow agama (Agama agama) is a species of lizard from the Agamidae family found in most of sub-Saharan Africa.
ts size varies from 13 to 30 cm (5 to 12 in) in total length.It can often be seen in the heat of the day. In the breeding season, the males develop dramatically colorful markings, the head and neck and tail turning bright orange, and the body dark blue. Outside of the breeding season, the male is a plain brown. The females and juveniles are always more cryptically marked. This lizard can be found climbing rocks and walls. Its primary source of food is insects.
The males are territorial, claiming small to medium patches of land which they defend against other mature males. Juveniles and females reside within the territories unchallenged. The mature males become agitated when confronting each other, nodding vigorously, arching, skipping sideways, and clashing tails. The loser is chased out of the territory. During mating season, males do "push-ups" to attract females.
This species is a paraphyletic taxon, and mitochondrial DNA analysis of various populations indicates they may represent separate species.

AGAMA AGAMA

L' agama comune (Agama agama Linneus, 1750) è una specie di sauro appartenente alla famiglia Agamidae.
È un sauro di dimensioni medio-piccole, che può raggiungere i 40 cm di lunghezza, dei quali oltre la metà dovuti alla coda.
Al di fuori della stagione riproduttiva la livrea, sia dei maschi che delle femmine, è di colore bruno. Nel periodo riproduttivo i maschi sviluppano una colorazione molto appariscente: la testa ed il collo virano verso il rosso e l'arancio mentre il corpo e la coda diventano di colore blu scuro.
Si nutre di insetti e si è ben adattata a vivere tra gli uomini.
Gli esemplari delle zone equatoriali hanno un periodo riproduttivo definito: i maschi producono spermatozoi tutto l'anno, ma le femmine possono deporre uova solo fra giugno e settembre, dopo le piogge, quando il cibo è abbondante e sostanzioso.
Oltre ai colori, anche i singolari movimenti attirano l'attenzione. L'agama si rizza spesso sulle zampe anteriori, e in questo atteggiamento inizia una serie di movimenti della testa, che alza e abbassa con rapidità e armonia, aggiungendo alle flessioni del collo anche quelle degli arti. Finita l'esibizione, che può durare uno o due minuti, l'agama arcobaleno riprende la caccia alle formiche e ad altri insetti nelle fessure dei muri delle abitazioni o sulle rocce dei kopjes.
Vive in gran parte dell'Africa subsahariana, nei centri abitati o fra le rocce e gli sterpeti.

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Hello Luciano,
Brilliant capture of a very interesting specie of lizard. Excellent colors and good details despite the difficult POV. A splendid contrast against the background. Outstanding focus. Interesting workshop too...
Thanks for sharing!
Marius.

Ciao Luciano, 'mazza che mostro, favolosa luce e fantastici dettagli, bravissimo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Luciano,
照的清晰 很漂亮的動物
光線亮麗 黑白到的很特別 也非常大膽的對比
非常有特色 也很美麗 身子的光線最柔和 我喜歡那一塊的光線
構圖美麗 背景深遂
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STONE

Hello Luciano

The photo on the WS is also excellent, here you choose the best moment of the light
with the light on his head and in the rest of its body and of the photo the shadow, TFS

Asbed

A superb image Luciano!
Fantastic light and colour.
Sharpness is also stunning.
Best wishes,
Samiran

Hello Luciano
Superb photo, excellent composition, the light highlights the interesting head very nicely.
An exceptional photo
regards yiannis

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-01-04 1:29]

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful contrasting colours in this photo with gorgeous light. Excellent sharpness, details and composition. Nice WS too.
Regards,
Peter

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 152 W: 0 N: 436] (8537)
  • [2014-01-04 1:48]

Hello Luciano,
interesing agama,nice capture species..

Hello Luciano,
Beautiful picture of this Agama.Beautiful light and sharpness.Nice details with splendid POV.WS picture is also attractive Luciano.Well presentation.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,
Srikumar

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2014-01-04 8:46]

Merhaba Luciano,
harika ışık ve netlik..tebrik ederim,saygı ve selamlar..

Ciao Luciano. Luce strabiliante e super dettaglio contro il dark. Bravo davvero!

Roberto

Impressive dramatic lighting Luciano! Excellent composition and good sharpness too!
Regards,
Christodoulos

Hello Luciano,
Lovely capture,beautiful play of light and an impressive composition with fine details.
Regards,
Joy

hallo Luciano
great sharpness and very nice light on the head
the colours are beautiful to
thanks greeting lou

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-01-05 10:46]

Hi Luciano,
Another very nice photo. Beautiful agama,amazing colors and
sharpness details. Excellent composition and Interesting light.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Luciano, beautiful colors and fantastic details.Regards,Valerian.

Hi Luciano, What a beautiful creature you have captured here. I like the spot light being applied to his/her body in order to give details of this creature and not to overexposed the BG. Excellent composition with POV. Wonderful job. Thank for sharing
Anna

Ciao Luciano
Bella nitidezza e un bel gioco di ombre,interessante questa agama.

Buon è felice anno 2014.

Ciao francesco

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-01-12 12:11]

Lezione meraviglioso su come comporre con chiaroscuro ... Questo agama è presentato teatrale, drammaticamente. Congratulazioni per la fotografia di quelli che fanno la differenza, che è fuori dal comune. Grande lavoro, Luciano, amico ...
Hernán Bortondello

Hello Luciano,
very effectful, dramatic presentation of the agama emerging out of the dark and being toched on its head by a beam of sunlight! Thank you!
With best regards,
Peter

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