It's always worth it to go out (for Salamandra) ;-)

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Re: It's always worth to go out (for Salamandra) ;-)

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:49 pm

Bobby Bok wrote:Apart from the fact that salamanders usually don't sit on rulers, this one has five toes on the front feet.... That is freaky!

Indeed...

Toe and foot aberrations are not that rare, especially in populations with small water bodies (causing higher degree of partial cannibalism among larvae). Yet, to have both front feet showing this, rather seems to point to an (onto)genetic cause...
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Re: It's always worth to go out (for Salamandra) ;-)

Postby Matthijs Hollanders » Mon Sep 19, 2016 3:04 pm

Maybe this particular site has seen some... pollution in the last years. :lol:
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Re: It's always worth to go out (for Salamandra) ;-)

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:29 pm

For future reference, I am inserting a link to another thread here =>
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Re: It's always worth to go out (for Salamandra) ;-)

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Mon Oct 03, 2016 1:01 pm

Autumn's here at last and finally I can post some news with some pictures that are worth looking at! ;) Long drought followed by some rain = maximum activity, even if conditions are not their 'better than best'. My previous count record of 240 (over 1.3km) was blown to pieces by a stunning 320...! Hormone levels were at their peak, with some amplexi and several fights. Thanks to Wouter for allowing me to post the 3rd picture.

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Re: It's always worth it to go out (for Salamandra) ;-)

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:21 pm

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After spotting seven brave manders, I got this.
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Re: It's always worth it to go out (for Salamandra) ;-)

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:30 pm

Errr... Wait a sec. How many dwarfs again in that fairy tale...?
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Postby Bobby Bok » Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:07 am

I think it was thirteen dwarves who set out to reclaim the lost Dwarven Kingdom of Erebor?
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Re: It's always worth it to go out (for Salamandra) ;-)

Postby Niklas Ban » Sat Jan 14, 2017 6:12 pm

Bobby Bok wrote:I think it was thirteen dwarves who set out to reclaim the lost Dwarven Kingdom of Erebor?

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: It's always worth it to go out (for Salamandra) ;-)

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Tue Feb 07, 2017 4:34 pm

Winter does not exist in Belgium! :P
I even have some boring, ugly pictures to proof it.

Autumn was rather dry, causing some delay in the first batch of larval deposition, causing a number of females to give birth in January. Below is one female the way she looked on December 25th (right) and how she looked on February 1st (left).

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Here's another long-lost recapture - after 4 years and 10 months of hiking the same route over and over and over again ... - latest (re)capture at the left again.

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Re: It's always worth it to go out (for Salamandra) ;-)

Postby Noah Meier » Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:22 pm

Hi Jeroen
There's no real winter in Switzerland as well... The first I.alpestris and R.temporaria were already back on the road at a rainy night last week.
Btw, very interesting results of your study!
What program do you use to check capture/recapture? (or do you check manually?)
I want to start a project this year with crested newts in Switzerland (canton Aargau) building up a database with individual recognition of the ventral pigmentation. I'm thinking of using the software "AmphIdent". Do you know this or do you know another recommendable software for this purpose?

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