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Fazila’s Lycian salamander

Fazila’s Lycian salamander
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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6777 W: 207 N: 2989] (9571)
Genre: Animals
Média: Couleur
Date de prise de vue: 2010-03-29
Catégories: Amphibians
Appareil photographique: Nikon D-80, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, @ ISO 500, SIGMA 62MM EX DG MC UV Filter
Exposition: f/25.0, 1/200 secondes
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Versions: version originale, Workshop
Thème(s): Turkish Herpetofauna [view contributor(s)]
Date de soumission: 2010-06-04 3:43
Vue: 10494
Favoris: 2 [voir]
Points: 54
[Ligne directrice - Note] Note du photographe
Lyciasalamandra fazilae (Fazıla’s Lycian salamander) [In Turk. Fazıla’nın Kara Semenderi) (Female)

Today a beautiful Anatolian endemic salamander species –from Dalyan (Muğla province)- which was firstly described by two Turkish Herpetologists that one of them is also well-known TN member, Professor Emeritus Mehmet K. Atatür (matatur).

TFL and have a nice WE!


©Bayram GÖÇMEN, All Rights Reserved.


This terrestrial tailed-amphibian beauty is restricted to the southern Anatolian coast, Turkey, where it is found from north-west of Fethiye to the eastern shore of Köyceğiz Gölü. It is also found on the islands of Tersane and Domuz. It ranges from sea level up to 1,000m asl. Its natural habitats are temperate forests and Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation. It is threatened by habitat loss. The species is viviparous, producing one or two fully metamorphosed young; the gestation period is about one year.

This taxon was formerly considered to be a subspecies of Mertensiella lushchani. It has been elevated to species level, and assigned to the genus Lyciasalamandra. The genus with 7 species [L. luschani-from Fethiye, Dodurga, Kaş & Finike, Meyisti & Kekova islands) , L. atifi-from Alanya (Türbelinaz) to Akseki, L. antalyana- from Antalya (around Yağca Köyü, Kedetler), L. billae-from Kale (Antalya), L. fazilae, L. flavimembris- from Marmaris (Muğla) and L. helverseni-Carpatos island] ranges from Greece to the south and southwest of Turkey as well as some islands including Meyisti, Kekova (Tristoma) and Carpathos.

Fazıla’s Lycian salamander differs from all other Lycian salamander species and subspecies (L. l. luschani, L. l. basoglui & L. l. finikensis) by its ground colour and pattern. In adult animals the upper side of head and trunk is orange red. The maculations on the head and back are light brown to dark brown, of irregular shape and size, but usually not so widespread as to hide the red ground colour. The total maximal length is 14.1 cm.


1. Göçmen, B. (Unpub. results). The results of herpetological trips.
2. Başoğlu, M. & Atatür, M.(1974). The subspecific division of the Lycian Salamander, .Mertensiella luschani (Steindachner) in Southwestern Anatolia. Istanbul Üniv. Fen Fak. Mec. Seri B, 39 (3-4): 147-155.
3. Başoğlu, M. & Atatür, M. (1975). A new population of the Lycian Salamander, .Mertensiella luschani (Steindachner) from Finike in Southwestern Anatolia. Istanbul Üniv. Fen Fak. Mec. Seri B, 40 (1-4): 89-93.
4. Veith, M. & Steinfartz, S. (2004). When non-monophyly results in taxonomic consequences – the case Mertensiella within the Salamandridae (Amphibia: Urodela). Salamandra, 40 (1): 67-80..
5. Budak, A. & Göçmen, B. (2005). Herpetology. Ege Üniversitesi Fen Fakültesi Kitaplar Serisi, No. 194, Ege Üniversitesi Basimevi, Bornova-Izmir, 226 pp. [2nd Edition, 2008].
6. Franzen, M., Bußmann, M., Kordges, T. & Thiesmeier, B. (2008). Die Amphibien und Reptilien der Südwest-Turkei. Supplement der Zeitschrift für Feldherpetologie 14, Laurenti Verlag, Bielefeld, Germany, 328pp.

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A mehmetarslan: Slmboreocypriensis 1 06-08 14:16
A Raptorman: Slmboreocypriensis 1 06-04 22:18
A matatur: fazilaeboreocypriensis 4 06-04 13:30
A mwmod99: on Fazila...matatur 1 06-04 10:49
A mwmod99: Georgeboreocypriensis 1 06-04 06:34
A horia: Hi Horiaboreocypriensis 5 06-04 06:11
A bedri: :)boreocypriensis 1 06-04 04:13
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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-04 3:57]

Hi Baratum Bayram,
Very nice photo of this endemic salamander species, great colors and very fine sharp details, TFS!
Have a nice WE!

A beauty indeed for my eyes Bayram, quite well depicted among land mosses, however the typical L. fazilae should not have those whitish chromatophors either on the flanks or on the dorsum in such quantity.
TFS and cheers,

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2010-06-04 4:05]
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Bunu nasıl gördün de çektin :)) nefis yakalamışsın emeğine sağlık Bayram hocam.
Selamlar iyi hafta sonları.

Ciao amico Bayram, great capture of fantastic salamander, lovely natural anbientation, beautiful natural colors, superb sharpness and fine details, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

Bayram hocam çok güzel bir semendermiş. Eminim bulması da kolay olmamıştır. Notlar da her zamanki gibi, güncel ve bilgilendirici. Emeğinize sağlık. Saygılarımla.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-06-04 5:15]
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Hi Bayram

This is another terrific post from you of this very cute and interesting species.
After reading your note, i feel even more honored to share the TN gallery with Mr. Atatür...i can only imagine what a great feeling it must be to first describe a species :)
Your photo is very nice and shows rather well what you so well described in your note. The details are very nice and sharp and the colors very well reproduced.
I can only hope that one day i'll make a journey to Turkey and see all this amazing biodiversity with my own eyes, too :)

Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

Hi Bayram,
Nice exposure,good focus and the shallow DOF has worked well against the solid BG.The salamander is so camaflauged into its natural surroundings and the soft light has enhanced the salamander.I have never seen a salamander and am rather impressed with this image.

hello Bayram

excellent photo of this beautiful amphibian, shot with fine POV
showing all his body and showing his habitat, fine focus
excellent sharpness and details, and a very beautiful
eye-contact with you, TFS


Interesting and lovely salamander Bayram! If you excuse me I did some quick color and level corrections in Photoshop to adjust this powerful reddish cast. Hope that you like it! Valuable notes too!
George Veltchev

Hello Bayram!
First of all I would like to say, that I'm very happy to see so interesting species! An endemic salamander from Turkey! Amazing! And very interesting infomration that out TN friend was the first man who found and describe it!
Beautiful creature and very good picture!
TFS and all the best from Lodz!

Bayram hocam muhteşem bir kare ve harika notlar.
Emeklerinize sağlık. Saygılar.

hello Bayram
very good picture with great details and beautiful colours
i like this one because they have a special head
greeting lou

Dayi ne kadar sevimli bir kurbaga. Ben basta gecko sandim:)
Notu okuyunca anladim.. daha neler ogrencez Allah bilir.
Eline saglik. Selamlar. KiB!

Bilgiler ,
Fotoğraf ,
Sunum ,
Herşey üst düzeyde ...

Eline , emeğine sağlık dostum .
Bu türü Datça da da arayacağım .
Selamlar .

Hello Bayram,
Interesting salamander. Superb colours and light.
Great focus and very good contrast.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5099 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2010-06-04 13:23]

Hello Bayram,
A very special photo in very special warm colours. Great sharpness, DOF and pose. Fantastic natural environment.
Enjoy the weekend,

Good evening dear friend,
Very interesting beauty with attractive colours, good camouflage and perfect sharpness as usual. Turkey is so rich in endemic species. Really amazing. Thanks to learn more about the great work of prof. Atatür, TN member. Great site to share our common interest about biodiversity with some great specialists. Have a nice weekend with many herptiles,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-06-04 15:11]

Dostum bu nasıl bir şeydir böyle,çok değişik ve ilginç.Ortamı da ayrıca farklı.Çok iyi bir çekim olmuş.Eline emeğine sağlık.
Bi slavên germ,

Hi Bayram

Great shot of this beauty. Good composition and sharpness in difficult lighting conditions. have a great weekend.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-06-04 18:16]

Hello My Friend,
This tiny one has been captured by your great photography work. The colours and details atr superb, thank you Bayram.

Bayram hocam bu da süper olmuş. Notlarıyla birlikte önemli bir sunum.

Ciao BBB. Super sharp, razor details and perfect DOF. Best colours results in excellent contrast.


Bayram bu da harika olmus. Semender lafini da ilk kez duydum.
Bunlardan Kibrista yok anladigim kadariyla.. Ellerine saglik.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2739 W: 280 N: 4918] (19857)
  • [2010-06-06 20:00]

Hello Bayram,
What a wonderful image of this tiny Salamander. Exceptional detail and gorgeous natural colors. Nicely shown and captured in his natural damp habitat. Super job!!

Harika bir bakışaçısıyla nefis bir kare olmuş hocam,
En güzel dileklerimle,

Buda çok güzel Bayram hocam. Sıradışı kalitede.
Emeklerinize ve elinize sağlık. Sevgi ve saygılar.

Hello my friend Bayram.
This is such a great capture in beautiful natural setting.
The eyes of this salamander are splendid like it is looking at you.
Thanks for sharing and have a very good evening.
Kind regards - Jusni

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2800 W: 0 N: 6695] (25837)
  • [2010-12-31 2:12]

Merhaba MF Prof. Bayram,
such a lovely shot. The lizard is so well seen in the greenish mosses.
Very lively composition of colours and details.
The excitement is seeing its orangy skin and big dark eye.


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