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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-05
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/7.2
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Frogs and Toads, Amphibians of Europe, Amphibians (Amphibia), Dedications to Bayram, RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-07 6:40
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Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Does it look like a common Marsh Frog? Yes, it does, but it is not!!! You know, from time to time we have lucky to see and to photograph something what for the first view looks very usual or even common but really it is not. And my meeting with this creature was one of such situation. Taking a picture I believed that this is a species very common in great part of Europe - Rana lessonae. But later I came back home and found information that it can be also something different. My heart started to bit faster and faster! :> And soon my feelings were confirmed by Bayram (boreocypriensis) who helped me a lot with correct ID of this species - I photographed a frog which I have not seen before! :>
Dear Bayram thanks for your kind help! This photo is dedicated to you!!! :>

Ok, now it is time to write a few words about hero of this image ;>

Ladies and gentlemen!!! Please, let me intriduce you a species described as new for the science only 24 years ago, a Balkan endemic - Rana epeirotica Schneider, Sofianidou & Kyriakopoulou-Sklavounou, 1984 :>

As I noted above this species is very similar to 2 other Rana species: R. kurtmuelleri Gayda 1940, and R. lessonae (Camerano, 1882), but can be distingushed from these two thanks differnt songs, a few morphological characters on hind legs and of course genetical features.

It is endemic to small region of Balcan Peninsula and distributed only in Western Greece north into extreme southern Albania.

This is a species which is grouped among green frogs (differences between "green" and "brown" frogs can be found in my last amphibian presentation here).

This camouflage specimen was not easy to photograph. First it was almost invisible among grasses on the muddy ground, secondly it espaded all the time :> Photo was taken after few minutes of "hunting" on the bank of Prespa Lake in the Lake Mikri Prespa National Park, NW Greece.

Hope you found this camouflaged frog on my picture without problems ;>
Thank you in advance for visit and comments! :>

lucasgalodoido, robindb, red45, zulfu, uleko, meyerd, LordPotty, rousettus, lousat, gracious, boreocypriensis, jrobertop, anel, oanaotilia, cataclysta, haraprasan, Dis. Ac., Silvio2006, JORAPAVI, vanderschelden has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To boreocypriensis: Thank you!!!cicindela 1 09-07 23:22
To meyerd: ID :)cicindela 1 09-07 08:12
To red45: ID i specialisci :)cicindela 1 09-07 07:56
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Olá Radomir,
fantástica essa camuflagem do sapo, se ficar paradão aí vai acabar sendo pisado, hehe. Gostei da captura, a qualidade ficou ótima.
Parabéns e Abraço

Hi Radomir,

Congratulations on photographing a "new" specimen. Even seeing him is good because of his excellent camoflage. You have shown it well with good composition and DoF.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-09-07 7:48]
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Czesc Radek!

Gratulacje! To ci sie dopiero trafila gratka. Podoba mi sie na TN to, ze zawsze znajdzie sie jakis specjalista od waskiej grupy zwierzakow, pomagajacy w identyfikacji. Notka jest bardzo interesujace i dokladna. Zaba wyglada bardzo sympatycznie, ale szczerze mowiac, ma dosc glupia mine :-)

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-09-07 7:54]

Hello Radomir, wonderful capture of this endemice species to Balkan peninsula. It has a realy comouflage coolour-patern. TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-07 8:00]

Hello Radomir,
How exciting to find a new species for you!! You certainly need to be an expert to determine some species and this one looks common in it camouflage but is obviously not!
A very fine sharp capture, it mingles so nicely with the sand. Beautiful colours too and well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Radomir,

finally a very good picture of Rana epeirotica! Thanks for your effort. I was "hunting " for this species years ago while bicycling at Mikri Prespa and in Butrint but unable to come up with anything, as you did now. And systematics of frogs is a highly confusing subject for me and many others. So it's good to have your and Bayram's opinion on such matters. Very appropriate dedication indeed!

Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-07 8:13]

Wow, Radomir, what a find and what a picture!

Congratulations on taking such a fine image of this rare, relatively new to science, Balkan Frog!
Your illustration is technically excellent and the POV and use of flash have helped to show the experts what exactly they are looking at.
Well done my friend and thanks for sharing this excellent contribution,
Regards from a rainy Scania,

Hi Radomir,
Congratulations on finding this uncommon and recently discovered epidemic ... oops, I mean endemic.
What a discovery, and what a perfect capture.
Very good notes too.
Great post my friend.

Hello Radomir,
The lighting and the sharpness is totally amazing and it's great!
lots of details to go through the body!
a great notes comes with a good presentation
many thanks

Ahahaha:> Radek when I saw the thumnail in first sight, I thought that I know this image:> Yes! Realy perfect capture of this endemic frog to Balkans which has a camouflaged pattern! Congrats because you show us a rare and significant image this time. Also thanks for your this pleasant dedication to me my friend! Now I can go to space with my forelegs:>. Of course it is going on my favs.
Greetings from hooot Izmir,


Hello Radomir.
The picture is... simply perfect!
Excellent camouflage of this frog with magnificent coloration.
Very good details and sharpness.
Great framing and luminosity.
Thanks for sharing!
Best regards,
José Roberto

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-07 22:56]

Hi Radomir,
Wonderful shot of this frog, perfectly camouflaged with the natural surrounding. Immaculate sharpness and details and I like that expressive eye very much. Excellent DOF and the low POV works well here in portraying it. Thanks for sharing this fine image.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-08 0:40]

Bonjour radomir,
Very subtle picture! It doesn't appear on the thumbnail. And it is a rare and endemic species too. Amazing this very fine green colour on the head vanishing on the back. That's great art! For us also very interesting to discover a new species. Thanks so much.
have a nice day

Czesc Radziu
Ladna zabka i do tego ciekawa i nietypowa. Mine ma faktycznie nieciekawa ale fotka swietna ostra i naturalna

Hy Radomir
In Romania, they coll "Rana complex" in which include 3 species of frogs.I don't remember wich are those species.
It is very nice that you had the opportunity to meet an endemic species from Balkan penninsula.And, it is well camouflated, but the pinkish lines revealed the frog.
Kind regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-08 3:56]

Hi Rado,it seem a great example of camouflage! The quality of your pic no need comment,it's simply perfect under all corners of view..and a note very interestings and completes from a great expert as you....just my best compliments and thanks a lot for share your work and for help us sometimes..ehehe...have a nice week,Luciano

Hi Radek,
A nice capture of this beautiful frog. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing this beauty.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-09-08 7:05]

Hello Radomir,
congratulations on photographing such a new and rare species :-))
Thanks very much for sharing it with us too.
This is a superb image.
The amount of detail is amazing!

Very good work my friend!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-08 9:00]

Hello Radomir, Wonderful shot and superb image quality. Great colors and nice view. Wonderful shot. Ganesh

Hi Radomir,This specie never ben seen before.

Very sharp pictures and with lots of details and clarity nd natural colours.

Congratulations with this rare art.


Ciao friend Radomir, great capture of rare frog, superb camouflege, wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done, bravo, ciao Silvio

Hola Radomir,
Enhorabuena por conseguir esta magnífica foto de esta curiosa especie que nos muestras con todo lujo de detalles, buena definición, excelente luz, interesante, amena y completa nota, gracias por compartirla, saludos
José Ramón

Hello Radomir,
I think one of the best photographes of this endemic species, not only for TN, but also for general sources. Congratulations indeed. You captured it with a great focus, POV and composition. It looks like a bit Bufo viridis, (of course it is a Rana, I mean only a bit).
thanks for sharing, thanks for identification of those in my e-mail. have a nice week, my friend

Congratulations Radomir!
He's a real beauty and is such a nice contribution to TN. Well captured even though he's well camouflaged. A wonderful portrait. Well done!
TFS Janice

Hello Radomir,

Excellent picture of this frog. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Excellent exposure and natural colours. I would like to be able to take picture of frogs but they are too fast for me :-) .

Hello Radomir,
I do not know a lot about frogs but I was quite sure it wasn't a common marsh frog, mainly due to its colors.
Well that's all for me :-)
Congrats for spotting this new species.
To use a rap term: it even has some 'bling'...

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