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Laudakia caucasia - Kafkas Keleri

Laudakia caucasia - Kafkas Keleri
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Copyright: Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-22
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-17 15:46
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Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This blackish colored shot belongs to Laudakia caucasia (Eichwald, 1831) - Kafkas Keleri [TR], Caucasian Agama [EN] from the family AGAMIDAE (SQUAMATA: LACERTILIA).
This family is represented by four species in Turkiye. Other three species;
*** Laudakia stellio (Linnaeus, 1758) - Dikenli Keler [TR], Stellion, Hardun [EN],
*** Trapelus ruderatus (Olivier, 1804) - Bozkır Keleri [TR], Horn-scaled Agama, Baluch Ground Agama, Syrian Agama [EN],
*** Phrynocephalus helioscopus (Pallas, 1771) - Topbaş Keler [TR], European Toad-headed Agama [EN].
Of these, I already posted formerly a shot of T. ruderatus to TN (see photo).
Laudakia stellio, L. caucasia, and Trapelus ruderatus were included to sometimes the genus Agama and rarely the genus Stellio, in old references, e.g. Baran et al. (1989). In last century [20th], the genus Agama Daudin, 1802 was divided into several genera and Agamid lizards in Turkiye are represented now by three genera: Laudakia, Trapelus and Phrynocephalus. Therefore, the genus Agama consists of only some African agamid lizards.

Today's species, L. caucasia ranged in the Eastern Turkiye, the Caucaus and North Iran to Turkenistan and Nortwestern Pakistan and Kashmir.

The shot was taken from east slopes of Ağrı Dağı [Mountain], which is the highest point of Turkiye with altitude of 5137 m a.s.l. The lizard was on the cavity of a rock, when we searched scorpions at app. 1500 m a.s.l.

After Jane's message, I'd like to add about the skin on its neck. It was not injurred, it was only in ecdysis "shedding of skin".

RAW to JPEG, some cropped, auto contrast and sharpness and framed

Baran, İ., Kasparek, M. & Öz, M., 1989, On the distribution of four species of agama (Agamidae) in Turkey, Zoology in the Middle East, 3: 37-46.

Budak, A. & Göçmen, B., 2005, Herpetology. Ege Üniversitesi Fen Fakültesi Kitaplar Serisi, No: 194, Ege Üniversitesi Basımevi, Bornova-Izmir, 226 pp. [in Turkish].

Wikipedia, Laudakia caucasia (downloaded on 18.10.2008).

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October 18, 2008

Salam Ahmet. This image is so sharp against the darkened background. Very good focus on the head and the academic notes are very well appreciated. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend. Jusni

Hi Ahmet,

Good capture especially as it is busy shedding its skin. Sharp with good detail and standing out well against the BG. The eye appears to be watching you closely. We have a number of the Agama lizards here in South Africa even in my garden but they are difficult to get photos of.



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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-17 22:09]

Hi Ahmet,
Wonderful shot of this Caucasian Agama and you have skillfully used the flash lighting to portray this dark species. Very neat and sharp image with perfect details on its skin. Excellent POV and composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-17 22:49]

Günaydin Ahmet!
The use of flash has highlighted this Laudakia caucasia very well to produce this sharp image in dark conditions and to give us a fine view of the head and body, a species that I have not seen before.
Is this species nocturnal, or was it hiding in a rock crevice?
Cok tesekkür ederim dostum,

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2008-10-17 23:43]

Çok değişik bir türün fotosu olmuş Ahmet hocam..
Harika detaylar ve doyurucu bilgi sunmuşsun bizlere..

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-17 23:46]

Hello Ahmet,
Beautiful picture of this lizard. Excellent POV. Good sharpness. Very nice light.
Best regards

A fine close up taken under difficult to photograph conditions Ahmet, and a good instance to demonstrate a completely natural phenomenon in many reptiles, the skin sloughing. Good job my friend.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-18 4:03]

Hello Ahmet,
Incredible textures and details you have captured with your sharp focus. Thank you for sharing this great image.

Hello Ahmet!
1500 m a.s.l maybe is not a very high elevation, but I have not known that this species can occur so high :)
Very nice capture of rarely presented species. As always note is very interesting and informative, I like especially taxonomical part :>
All the best from Lodz my Friend!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-10-18 7:20]

Merhaba Ahmet Bey,
Dogal ortaminda guzel bir fotograf, verdiginiz bilgiler icin de tesekkurler

Hi Ahmet,
important capture this kind of lizard Caucasian in a bad light, it would be
power beautiful view details with better

have a nice w.end sERGIO

Hi Ahmet,

A very good looking black lizard showing up well even against the black background. The face and body (and sparkling eye) are wonderful with excellent details of the eye and the textures of the skin. I'm curious about the neck and what looks like a flap of skin.


Merhaba Dr.Ahmet,
Sorry for my delay! Thank you for this posting of Caucasian Agama!
you had achieved good clarity even with this sort of light condition, well done
have a very good sunday and sincere regards to the family

Another very interesting reptile Ahmet.
I'm continually anazed at how little I know about the world fauna and flora,compared to what I thought I knew of it before I joined TN.
I keep seeing new species every day.

Hello Ahmet,

Excellent capture of this lizard. You are an expert with under ground shots. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Very good use of the flash. Good natural colours too.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-19 1:53]

Hello Ahmet,
A beautiful Lizard in a very fine pose watching you out of the corner of its eye!!
Excellent focus and sharpness and it stands out very nicely in the dark. A fine composition and an interesting note.
Many thanks and kind regards, Ulla

This is a nice specie that I have never seen before. You were lucky to see him because he seems to be well hidden. I like his black color and you managed exposure well with nice details and interesting notes. Thanks,

Merhaba Ahmet Bey,bunları görünce pek korktuğum söylenemez ama sanırım azıcık çekinirim,şöyle kendimi bir köşeye çekerim :)Ama burada izlemek ,desenlerini incelemk çok güzel.Gümüş rengi deseni,net gözleri ve çekimi çok ustaca,tebrikler,ellerinize sağlık,selamlar :)

Hi Ahmet,
Excellent capture of this Caucasian Agama with good POV and composition, great lighting displaying the sharp interesting details, good eye contact and nicely blurred BG.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-21 22:35]

Hi Ahmet.
I am impressed with your scientific trip and its result. They are very interesting in many respect (for biologists and other people, photographers). So attractive specimen and you managed to take very good shot in very poor light and other conditions. My best wishes and TFS.
P.S. Thanks for interesting comments and explanation of your comments to my ladybird picture.

merhaba hocam,
gece çekimi alışılmışın dışında ve çok güzel bir çalışma olmuş.

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