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Budak’s Oertzen Rock Lizard - 1st on TN

Budak’s Oertzen Rock Lizard - 1st on TN
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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: 2010-09-04
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D-5000, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG APO HSM, @ ISO 400
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Turkish Herpetofauna [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-09 0:47
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Anatololacerta oertzeni budaki (Budak’s Oertzen Rock Lizard) [in Turk. Budak’ın Örtzen Kertenkelesi] (Male)

Dear friends, today another 1st post on TN which I captured it during our last trip to Çığlıkara in Seki Plateau (Göğübeli passage, 1850 m asl, Elmalı, Antalya) which is located near the border of between Antalya and Muğla provinces. Here you can see a male while basking on a rock! I think he transported by joy of the sun:) I took some shots (see attached workshops too) from different POVs. The name of the species come after the surname of my herpetologic supervisor, my dearest colleague and also friend, Prof. Dr. Abidin BUDAK. Therefore, today’s posting is going to him as a “Bairam”:) gift for his contributions to me and Turkish herpetology knowledge!

TFL and Have a nice day!

©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 oertzeni (Oertzen’s Lizard) [in Turk. Örtzen Kertenkelesi]

Gular region and anterior parts of the belly in youngs (sometimes anterior parts of belly) are brick-red. Vertebrale zone on the back is light brown with almost two regularly row small black spots. There are rlatively broad and sometimes continuous (in pelasgiana or interrupted (as is in finikensis) dorsolateral (supraciliar) stripes separating vertebral and lateral bands. In Adult males the belly is immaculate and the outer two longitudinal rows of ventral plates have dark spots. It has significantly long 1st supratemporal plates and high temporal scale number that these are relatively small in size. There are not any enlarged marginal plates and in many cases the number of marginal plates is low. The number or dosralia and gular scale numbers are higher than the other Anatololacerta species. It has also typically 6-16 circumanal plates. It is distributed from the south of Büyük Menteres River to Manavgat stream (Mersin province) with a vertical distribution of approx.1900 m. at SW Anatolia .

The subspecies budaki is distributed in the inner Cilician region’s montane areas, including Elmali, Çığlıkara and towards to the north: western parts of Muğla (Seki) , and to the Burdur Lake!s southern parts and also to Menderes valley, near Denizli in the SW. This species easily distinguished from the other subspecies with its more contrast dorsal pattern, having a second light vertebral row of spots and extreme long 1st supratemporal plate on the head.

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.

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Hi Bayram Bro,

How are you doing! Amazing capture of this lovely reptile! Nice closeup, very different BG. I liked your composition.


Hi Bayram!

I'm glad to be your neighbor today and it's funny to notice that the atmosphere in both our pictures is quite similar. Your portrait of thiat lizard is fabulous and the superb colours highlight its beauty at best.

Kind regards


Ciao BBB. A superb macro shot fir the lizard in razor details against the blurred pastel BG. Exciting compo MF!


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-09-09 0:51]

Hi Bayram MF
Again another 1st post on TN!!!This Anatololacerta oertzeni budaki is a wonderful lizard.
Details and colors are perfect! Great POV ans lovely blurred BG.

Great point of view Bayram! The lizard looks like a gigantic monster from this angle! Amazing clean background and fantastic warm colors! I ..... love it!
George Veltchev

great sharpnes, as usual, O

Bayram hocam hepsi muhteşem kareler. Çok da artistik. Arkadaş gerçekten kendinden geçmişe benziyor:)
Ekteki karelerden sizi farketmediği de belli oluyor. Etrafında dolanmışsınız. Abidin hocamız'a da yakışır bir sunum olmuş. Emeklerinize sağlık.
Bayramınızı en iyi dileklerimle kutluyorum hocam. Saygılar,

Dayi hepsi birbirinden guzel fotolar. Hocan icin bu guzel gunde anlamli ve harika bir hediye. Ellerine saglik.
Bayramini kutluyorum Bayram dayi:) ellerinden operim.

Selam my dear friend,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Budak’s Oertzen Rock Lizard. Excellent sharp details and a lovely composition. Also the photos in the WS are very nicely captured. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Bayram, an other great first from you, beautiful lizard on fantastic blurry BG, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, congratulations, ciao Silvio

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-09-09 3:52]

Hello Bayram
Superb portrait! Excellent work!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-09 4:05]

It seem that this lizard posing for the passport pic..ehhe...what a fanatstic details and colors and what a contrast whit this strange pink background,very well done another time....and a first time is always a great satisfaction! Have a nice day,LUCIANO

this is a really perfect capture, tfs

Wowww... Abidin hocamız için enfes bir hediye hocam. Duruşuyla detaylarıyla ve kompozisyonuyla sıradışı güzellikte. Notlar da cabası. Emeklerinize sağlık hocam.
Bayramınızı kutlar siz ve aileniz için hayırlara vesile olmasını dilerim.


Bayram hocam Bayramınız mübarek olsun. Ellerinizden öperim. Abidin hocamız için güzel bir Bayram hediyesi olmuş:) Hem de Bayram hocadan:)
elinize sağlık hocam. Saygı ve sevgilerimle..

hello Bayram
congrat with the first post
super good pose and beautiful colours
great sharpness and good details
super !
greeting lou

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-09 7:27]

Merhaba Bayram,
A superb capture of yet another first from you on TN!
This Budak's Oertzen Rock Lizard is well portrayed to show the head and upper part of the body with excellent sharpness and natural colours in a classic composition with the rock. A fine tribute to your mentor Prof. Budak.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hi Bayram,
a fine contribution, dedicated to a renowned herpetologist, the presentation of a Anatololacerta subspecies and endemit unknown to most of us, what do we want more? Many scales and color patterns are made well visible so specialist can appreciate fully what is particular. You travel a lot these days, good for you and for us!!
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-09 9:00]

Hello Bayram,
Another fantastic novelty for TN. This lizard stands in a superb pose. Excellent sharpness, details and very beautiful colours against this blurred BG. Great POV and composition.

Bayram hocam müthiş bir fotoğraf. Kertenkeleden adeta sanat eseri çıkarmışsınız. Her bakımdan göz alan bir kare.
Bayramınızı en iyi dileklerimle kutluyor saygılarımı sunuyorum hocam.

Canim kadesim ne kadar dusuncelisin..bir hocanin hocasina bayramda bayram icin verebilecegi en guzel hediyeyi vermissin..
ellerine saglik. Iyi bayramklar canim kardesim... seni kocaman kucakliyoruz..

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-09-09 11:44]

Hello MF Bayram,
Wonderful shot of this Rock Lizard and it has presented you a fabulous pose. Lovely colours and details and you have managed the natural lighting pretty well. That said, this image looks majestic and I like your chosen POV and the superb composition.Best regards Siggi

Hello Bayram,
Fantastic portrait with great warm light. Impressive details, including the blue spots. I'm jealous... not of you... but of this handsome lizard who enjoy the sun on Seki plateau, a great place I remember so well! Good evening,

hello Bayram

congratulations again for another 1st one on TN,
great photo of this Rock Lizard shot with very fine
POV and framing, fine focus sharpness details
and a beautiful warm (softer) colour tones, TFS


Merhaba Bayram hocam,

Budak hocanın kertenkelesini çok güzel çekmişsiniz.
Çok harika bir poz vermiş size bu dilber.
Sıcak arka fon rengi, çöl ortam ve havası vermiş çekime.
Fotoğraf teknik ve kalitesi her şeyi ile çok mükemmel.
Elinize ve emeklerinize sağlık, hayırlı bayramlar.

Selam ve saygılarımla,

Abidin hocamız için mükemmel bir dedikasyon Bayram hocam. Karelerin hepsi tek tek olay. Eminim hocamız gördüğünde de sevecektir.
Emeklerinize sağlık. Saygılarımla,


A stunner, another first from you, and another very enlightening note...
You're wonderful, Big Bro!!
Your contribution to this site is really huge!
Thanks so much for everything!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-09-12 1:15]

Hi Bayram

I see i've missed some more really cool posts from you, but now that i've had a good look over them, i chose this superb portrait to congratulate you for all :)
I think i like this one most of all, showing this interesting Anatololacerta oertzeni budaki for the first time here on TN and in such a beautiful way! I just love the overall sharpness and the pose from the lizard, and that perfect BG behind it just completes the whole picture so well.
Wonderful work, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-17 13:33]

Bir ilk daha.Senin TN'e verdiğin emeği bir başka üye daha veriyor mu bilmiyorum.Sanki sana göz kırpıyor gibi.
Selamlar,ellerine sağlık..

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-09-20 23:52]

Merhaba MF Prof. Bayram,
very lively capture in a very artistic manner. The standing torso really look fine on the horizontal planr of this sturdy rock.
The sharpness and clarity is excellent with scales and colours so pretty.


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