<< Previous Next >>

A trully Anatolian (x3) Beauty:)

A trully Anatolian (x3) Beauty:)
Photo Information
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 200
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Turkish Herpetofauna [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-06-11 20:28
Viewed: 4715
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Anatololacerta anatolica anatolica (Anatolian Rock Lizard) [in Turk. Anadolu Kaya Kertenkelesi] (Female)

Dear friends, may be you noticed that I was away from TN yesterday:). I’ve gone to Afyon Kocatepe University (Afyon province) to realized a graduate exam as a member of evaluation committee. After this succesfull exam, althought the weather was rainy I made a short trip to near Kışlacık village with some valuable professional colleagues to take some shots and we encountered with this Anatolian beauty while basking on a dead tree trunk and rocks (see attached WS too). Since I am pretty sure her wondering admiration to this beauty, I would like to dedicate these postings to my dear friend Catherine Dijon (CatherinD) who will come here next Friday:)
Hope you can like these beauties MF!

TFL and Have a nice WE!

©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 - Ikaria 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] (see also an another female capture in WS)

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.

bahadir, Argus, cirano, cypturk, anemone, yasemin, horias, uleko, cicindela, maurydv, mwmod99, CeltickRanger, yolandefernoux, nkasot, montivipera has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To omereser: :) Teşekkürlerboreocypriensis 1 06-12 20:08
To bahadir: Teşekkürboreocypriensis 1 06-11 22:27
To Argus: Thanks but i was not a candiate:)boreocypriensis 1 06-11 22:25
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-06-11 21:15]

Hello Bayram
Perfect capture taken with vivid colors, clear bg and great details.
Excellent work!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week-and.

Surely, this is a very pretty lizard. Superbly captured!
Sharp, showing excellent details.
Focus and DoF are perfect.


Günaydın Bayram hocam. Demek dün Afyon'daydınız:) Sıvav yapmaya gitmişsiniz ama yine boş durmamışsınız hocam.
Sizdeki bu enerjiye imrenmemek mümkün mü? Her iki kare de süper olmuş hocam. Sıradışı kalitede. Makro ve tlefoto arasında detay farkı neredeyse hiç yok. Koca telefotoyu elde tutarak çekim yapmak kolay değil. Ama eliniz hiç titremiyor bile:)
Elinize ve emneklerinize sağlık hocam. Notlar da her zmanki gibi muhteşem. Eminim Katerina bunu beğenmeyecek:) çünkü aşık olacak.. hehe..
Saygılar hocam. Aydın'dan selam ve sevgiler.


  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-11 22:16]
  • [+]

Günaydin dostum!
Congratulations on Passing your exam: I am sure it was just a formality in your case!
Indeed a beautiful lizard, well portayed!
This female Anatolian Rock Lizard was taken in a fine pose, from an excellent POV with fine colours and sharpness to be set in a great composition with a clean BG.
Thanks and have a nice weekend,

Good morning Bayram,
the rain from you is coming to Germany now - this was a short "summer" this week ...
Exactly to the WE when I have time to go out, that's not fair!
Anyway - so have more time for TN and to have an ample look at this Lizard with the nice orange breast. This guy seems to enjoy the warm sunshine, a pretty sunbather-pose ;-)
I also like the diagonal arrangement.
That's nice that Catherine is going to meet you, you both have to tell a lot what you are doing in this time, I'm sure you will find pretty motives.
Have a nice day
Sabine - wishnugaruda

  • Great 
  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2010-06-11 23:38]

Hi Bayram,
Nice diagonal presentation of this lizard.Perfectly exposed with spot on focus and the blurry BG has enhanced the unique colours,designs and patterns on the lizard.Great shot and TFS.

o, yes, is a beauty... nice capture with warm colors... tfs

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-12 0:35]

Hello Bayram,
Yes, sure it a beauty. Great sharpness, details and taken from a perfect POV. Beautiful warm colours. Nice matching OOF BG. Excellent diagonal composition.
Have a good weekend,

  • Great 
  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-06-12 2:17]

Hiç Şaşırmadım:) En dar zamanda bile güzelliklere vakit ayırabilmek ancak senin marifetin olabilir...Hem ws de 105 ile çekilmiş olanı hem bu harikulade olmuş dostum.Eline emeğine sağlık.
Bi slavên germ,

Dayi muhtesem renkler ve gercekten muthis bir Anadolu guzeli.
Gozundeki isigi cok guzel yakalamissin. Tam bir lady for a lady:) Emeklerine saglik. Kib!

Teşekkür ederim sevgili arkadaşım!
You know that I love lacertidae... This Antatolian beauty is very well captured, with very nice colours, a curious glance and a warm background. The other beauty of the WS is very nice too! I noticed that it is again a female hehe... I'm sure when I will be there, we will see some males :) Have a nice and sunny weekend MF,

Bu Anadoluluyu sevdim.
Bilgiler muhteşem.
Ellerinize sağlık hocam

Ciao Bayram, wonderful diagonal composition with lovely lizard, good natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Bayram hocam. bende Durzan bey gibi şaşırmadım. Boş dönseniz şaşardım ama:) Muhteşem olmuş hocam. Emeklerinize sağlık.

Bayram seyahatinin iyi gectigine ve eve sag salim dondugune sevindim canim kardesim... Tam kiz edasiyla poz vermis sana bu guzel kertenkelecik. Catherine sevinmis belli:).
Hepimizden selamlar.

  • Great 
  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-12 5:13]

Hi Bayram!
What a great shot! You have right, is a beauty indeed! Details, light, colors,POV,BG, all are perfect!

  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-06-12 5:17]

Hello Bayram,
I think the rain must have stopped as this beauty seems to be basking in sunshine! A superb capture showing lovely details and colours and I like your composition.
TFS and have a nice time with Catherine! Ulla

Hi Bayram!
Wonderful capture of Anatolian beauty! I must say that the clarity of this picture is 1st class! DOFf, sharpness, colours and general composition is also very nice. I like natural light too.
All the best from Lodz,

Hallo MF Bayram,
a great dedication to mour friend Catherine; a superb macro shot, outstanding sharpness with fine detail, marvellous warm colours, excellent POV, DOF and BG, a very pleasing composition.
Best regards

Fantastic colorful capture with great clarity and astonishing dept of field Bayram! Very successful composition as well I think!
George Veltchev

Ciao BBB. Il tuo cavallo di battaglia in grande spolvero amico mio! Nitidezza eccellente, ottimo contrasto e dettaglio perfetti. Fantastici i colori. Macro d'autore.


Bayram hocam Afyon'dan selamlar. Bu hafifmeşrep :) Anadolu güzeli size bütün güzelliğini göstermiş. Muhteşem durmuş. Sizinle arazi yapmak da ayrı bir keyifti.

hello Bayram

2 great photos of this beauty, the 2 photos shot with fine POV
and the way the lizard it is framed on the image, superb focus
great sharpness and details, on this photo beautiful warm colour tones,



Hello mon ami Bayram,

Somptuosité d'image. Avec un port altier ce lizard vous accorde son portrait de l'élégance.
Magiques couleurs, belle diagonale et BG.
mes compliments pour votre travail.
Amitiés. Beau dimanche.

Bayram hocam TN e dönmüşsünüz:) çok sevindim. Gerçekten en güzel kertenkelelerden. Özellikle renkleri ile. Emeğpinize sağlık. Kıbrıs'tan selamlar.

  • Great 
  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2010-06-13 8:30]

Nefis tür bu, enfes görünüyor tepeden tırnağa. Emeğine ellerine sağlık Bayram dostum.
Sevgi ve selamlarımla,

Bayram hocam bu süper. Renkler, arka plan hepsi uyum içinde, telefoto ile kusursuz bir çalışma olmuş.
Emeğinize sağlık.

Calibration Check