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Cyprus Lizard #2 for *EOSF1*

Cyprus Lizard #2 for *EOSF1*
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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 3 N: 3088] (10784)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-22
Categories: Nature
Camera: Olympus C-5060WZ
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lizards (Reptilia) of the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-26 21:05
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Phoenicolacerta troodica (Troodos/Cyprus Lizard) {in Turk. Kıbrıs Kertenkelesi, Trodos Kertenkelesi} (male)

Today, I would like to dedicate this handsome Cyprus Lizard on an olive tree trunk in basking to one of my beloved friend from Canada, Mario Belanger (EOSF1) for his kind interest to my captures and his heartfelt friendship. Hoping you can like this my friend! I wish you all the best!




This species is known only from Cyprus Island as an endemic species with a vertical distribution to 1200 m. (Troodos Mountain, Southern Cyprus). However, it is a coastal species in Northern Cyprus.

A diurnal active lizard with a total length around 12-20 cm. Rostral plate in contact with external nares; 2 postnasal plates; 5 supralabial plates in front of subocular plate; supraciliary granules above the eye usually in a complete row (97%); a large masseteric scale in temporal region; 51-68 rows of indistinct keeled dorsal scales at mid-trunk; ventral plates in 6 longitudinal rows; femoral pores between 19-24. In median gular region, scale numbers are 25 in average. The dorsum is gray, greenish-brown with dark spots or maculations. Flanks with a longitudinal dark stripe (temporal band), above which greenish-white round spots are present. Parallel subtemporal bands extend below the temporal bands down to the base of hind legs at least, or to the mid level of the tail. The venter is yellowish-white or light green, lateral parts with blue spots. Chin, throat and venter brick red in breeding season.

It inhabits sandy slopes, arid and vegetated areas, cultivated fields, loose garden walls, rocky and stony damp places; sometimes arboreal. Feeds on insects. A female lays 2-6 eggs.

Closely related species, Phoenicolacerta laevis (Syrian or Hatay Lizard) is distributed in Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Israel. In both the lateral colour pattern of the body and the fairly dark-coloured window of large scales in the lower eyelid, the Cyprus specimens closely resemble P. kulzeri (Kulzer’s Rock Lizard or Petra Lizard) known from Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Jordan. However, they are also similar to Anatolian P. laevis specimens in general colouration, for example a strong orange-red colour on the ventral side during breeding season. P. troodica also differs from P. kulzeri in ventral colouration and in some pholidosis characteristics, e.g., absent or small-sized massetericum in temporal region. Habitats of the Petra Lizard and Troodos Lizard are different from each other. While the Petra Lizard is an arid form, the Cyprus form likes a relatively moist habitat, which is similar to the habitat of Hatay Lizard. Phoenicolacerta troodica differs from P. laevis in the following morphological characteristics: in P. laevis, median gularia (gular scale numbers in a medial longitudinal row) number is less (average 20), gular scales larger; the subtemporal “lines” below the temporal bands extend down to the mid-trunk level and also, supraciliary granules usually not in a complete row. Regarding blood-serum proteins, we found qualitative differences in both albumin and globulin proteins between the Hatay and Cyprus Lizard, which confirmed that the Cyprus and Hatay Lizard populations are clearly distinct species. Actually the Cyprus Lizard is accepted as P. troodica rather than the subspecies of P. laevis as previously suggested by us (Budak & Göçmen).


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. Atatür, M. K & Göçmen, B. (2001). Amphibians and Reptiles of Northern Cyprus (1st Edition), Ege Üniversitesi, Fen Fakültesi Kitaplar Serisi, No. 170, Ege Üniversitesi Basimevi, Bornova-Izmir, 63 pp.
4. 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.

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Günaydın Bayram Hoca,
Dinazorlar dünyasından görkemli bir örnek
Harika poz
Güzel fotoğraf, ellerine sağlık
Selahattin E

is he that handsome, Bayram? :) great shot of the Lizard again.. beautiful gift to our friend.. well capture and presented.. tfs..

regards, terry

Bayrama Hocam merhaba
Bu kertenkelelerde de bukalemunlar gibi bulunduğu ortama göre renk değiştirmi yeteneği var mı acaba
İyi günler

Merhaba Bayram Hocam,
Kertenkele serinize harika bir kare eklemişsiniz.Işık-gölge oyunları süper olmuş.Elinize sağlık.



Merhabalar Bayram Bey,
harika bir açıdan yakalamışsınız yine kertenkeleyi,
ışık ve gölgeler mükemmel bir hava katmış compozisyona,
ellerinize sağlık,

Hello Bayram.
Good focused on the eyes, pity that part is a bit too dark cos of the shadow.
Glad you didn't oversharped it. Well done job.

Ciao Amico Bayram, an other splendid lizard from Cyprus, fine details and wonderful sharpness, great capture with difficul light well resolved, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 150 W: 0 N: 7] (44)
  • [2008-11-27 6:51]

Merhaba Bayram Hocam, doğal ortamında ve güneşlenme halinde nefis bir Kıbrıs Kertenkelesi karesi. Elinize sağlık.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-11-27 7:19]

Another good one, Bayram. Well composed, good sharpness, the head is in the shadows but it's still visible. Well done!


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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-11-27 8:19]

Merhaba Hocam...
Bu tam bir efe gibi durmuş...
harika bir macro yine...eline, emeğine sağlık...selam ve saygılar...

Merhaba Bayram,
Pozlama nefis,renk ve netliğiyle çok güzel
bir çalışma,Ellerine emegine saglık.

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2008-11-27 10:41]

Merhaba Bayram!
Beautiful, superb dragon!...haha :)
Interesting presentation.

Merhaba Bayram hoca,
Muhteşem rengi ve duruşu ile Kıbrıs kertenkelesi...
Bulundukları ortamın renkleri ile kamufle olmaları
dikkat çekici. Selam,sevgiler...
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2008-11-28 0:26]

Hello Bayram,
a very natural shot of this species.
Looks very wild and strong.
Well composed against its natural surrounding.


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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-11-28 3:14]

Hola Bay,
beautiful capture,
lovely skin and tones of this lizard,
dedication and good pov,

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-11-28 6:04]

Merhaba Bayram bey,
dün puanları tükettiğm için size kritik yazamamıştım.Gerçekten çok güzel.Ellerinize sağlık.Necla.

Hello Bayram
Very nice sharp image. Good compo with nice arrangment of lizards tail. Nice natural surrounding. Also very good informative note.
Best regards Siegfried

Merhaba Bayram Bey,sayenizde artık ürkmediğim bu hayvancıkları ilgiyle izliyorum :)Hareketleri çok çabuk,çok çevikler.Aslında onlar benden daha ürkekler sanırım,sevimli bile görünmeye başladılar,ellerinize sağlık,selamlar :)

Hello Bayram,

Another excellent shot and wonderful gift!
Congratulations and TFS.

The skink blends in very well into its surroundings. Nice composition.

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