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A smile for Bayram from Emys trinacris

A smile for Bayram from Emys trinacris
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Copyright: Marcello Romano (marcellr) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 38 N: 1012] (3514)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-20
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Olympus C-7070 Wide Zoom
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Dedications at TrekNature Part Three, Dedications to Bayram [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-27 10:11
Viewed: 10742
Favorites: 2 [view]
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I would like dedicate this photo to Bayram (boreocypriensis) for his valuable contribution on TN.


Emys trinacris Fritz et Al., 2005

Another image in WORKSHOP

HABITAT: see here

Sicilian pond turtles (Emys orbicularis s. l.), have recently been described as a distinct species, Emys trinacris.
See here.

European pond turtles are seriously endangered in many parts of their range, mainly by former overexploitation and/or habitat destruction . The latter applies particularly to southern Italy, where 70–90% of suitable wetlands have been lost in the past century. This general situation was responsible for the inclusion of E. orbicularis in the EU Directive (92/43/EEC) on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (1992) and in Appendix II (Strictly Protected Fauna Species) of the Bern Convention on the conservation of European wildlife (1979). A shortcoming of the current legislative situation is that no distinction is made between E. trinacris, E. orbicularis and the various subspecies of E. orbicularis, each of which occupy ranges of very different sizes, and between the varying conservational situations and threats in different parts of the range of the genus Emys.

From Fritz (2005):

"Sicily is well known for its endemic species (e.g. the walllizard Podarcis wagleriana or the Sicilian shrew Crocidura sicula).
With the description of Emys trinacris, a further endemic Sicilian species becomes known to science. The discovery of this second European pond turtle species is a challenge for nature conservation.
Because turtles and tortoises are extremely charismatic animals, E. trinacris has the potential of becoming a flagship species for wetland conservation in Sicily. Because of its restricted geographical distribution, we recommend strict
national and international protection of E. trinacris and its habitats, as has been suggested earlier for some endemic E. orbicularis subspecies that occupy small ranges.



Fritz, U., Fattizzo, T., Guicking, D., Tripepi, S., Pennisi, M. G., Lenk, P., Joger, U. & Wink, M. (2005). A new cryptic species of pond turtle from southern Italy, the hottest spot in the range of the genus Emys (Reptilia, Testudines, Emydidae). — Zoologica Scripta, 34 (4): 351-371

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-27 10:25]

Hola Marcello.
Very sharp photo. excellent focus and beautiful colors of this smiling Turtles.
I like the way You post it here.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-02-27 10:47]
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Ciao Marcello...sento puzza di esaurimento insetti..eheheh...comunque anche se e' cambiato il soggetto,la qualita' e' sempre eccezionale,complimenti,Luciano

Hi Marcello,
A beautiful capture of this closeup of this nice looking turtle. A very good dedication for Bayram. He will surely love this one. Excellent sharp details and very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Marcello, non ti si può lasciar solo in minuto che tiri fuori dal cilindro due foto una più bella dell'altra e diversissime come genere.
Grande ritratto, splendido l'occhio, bella dedica all'amico Bayram, tra i più bravi nuovi acquisti di questo siyo, aricia Silvio

Hi Marcello :)

Thank you very much for this pleasant dedication for me, I really appreciate it my friend! Today this is the second dedication for me. I think today is my day:). Excellent composition and details. I like it very much.
Once again thank you very much for this lovely dedication.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-27 22:51]

Hi. Internet has been down all day just marking this great picture,

Hello Marcello,

What a surprise! Excellent close-up of this turtle. Excellent sharpness. Wonderful colours.
Very well done,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-28 2:16]

Hello Marcello,
What a fabulous and funny close-up of this Turtle endemic to Sicily! Very sharp and interesting details. Good light and fine colours too. Bayram certainly deserves this!
Many thanks, Ulla

Thank you for this beautiful and lovely Emys portrait in fine focus and ideal lighting Marcello, It is one of my favourite aquatic turtles, TFS my friend!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-28 7:25]

Ciao Marcello,
Technically excellent close portrait of a Sicilian Pond Turtle showing the head from a fine POV with superb sharpness and detail.
He has indeed a little smile! Great dedication to Bayram who has contributed well to TN with his herpetological knowledge.

Encantadora Marcello. Ya no solamente por el buen enfoque , luz o profundidad, sino por la rareza y belleza de estas delicadas especies.
Una imagen que habla por si misma y que serviría de abanderada para dar a conocer nustras aspiraciones e ilusiones en la naturaleza.
Abrazo: J. Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-01 3:48]

Hi Marcello
A very nice close up of this beautiful turtle and nice dedication for my Supervisor Bayram.

Excellent photo!

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