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Phrynocephalus versicolor

Phrynocephalus versicolor
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-09-21
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC RX 100, Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 28-200 mm
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-10-05 10:34
Viewed: 1955
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Now you see me, now you don't:
This Phrynocephalus versicolor or Mongolian Toad-head Agama (Mongolische Krötenkopfagame) attracted my attention in Takhin Tal, Western Gobi. The animal is quite small, less than 10 cm long including its tail and is surprisingly colorful. Yet the coloration melts the animal perfectly to its environment, the Gobi plain strewn with differently coloured stones brought by glaciers long ago. It is a case of "Gestaltauflösung", the colors separate different parts of the body from each other. The species is a "First on TN".

Note that the name Takhin Tal means "Steppe of the Takhis" (see "Map: View"-if it works). The headquarters of the Greater Gobi Strictly Protected Area are found here. 12 rangers watch over a herd of free roaming Takhis or Przewalski horses. The Nature reserve holds other treasures like the Kulan, Gobi Bear, Argali Wild sheep or Siberian Ibex.

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What PERFECT camouflage!!!
Distinctly clear and great eye contact too.
Love the sunny yet soft presentation of its colours.
Best and most kind regards from Mario in Canada.

Hi Dietrich - Almost camouflage this Agama. Very well captured and framed nicely its full body. Splendid depth with natural colour. Nice contribution....Thanks for sharing a species from Mongolia. Best wishes - Srikumar

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-10-06 1:06]
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Lieber Dieter,
Freue mich ein neues Posting von Dir zu sehen. Interessant und etwas nicht Alltägliches.
Diese Agame ist so gut getarnt auf Deinem Bild, so dass man es leicht übersieht. Fein natürliches Foto.
Ich empfehle Dir den Titel zu wechseln auf den Namen der Kreatur, nur so kann man sie auf Google finden.
Wünsche eine schöne Woche und hoffe auf ein baldiges Wiedersehn.
Herzlich grüsst

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2014-10-06 3:54]

What a great picture to show the "mimetismo" Yes it is great. Thank you for sharing it. Congratulation.

hallo Dietrich
super good sharpness and nice details
lovely colours to
thanks gr lou

great camouflage, TFS Ori

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