Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Postby Peter Oefinger » Fri Jun 17, 2016 11:57 am

Hi everybody,
I'm back from my latest Italian adventure and of course I prepared a trip report:
http://www.bpo-natura.de/en/index.php?id=689

I hope you enjoy!

Some teasers:
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Podarcis raffonei

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Podarcis siculus

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Coronella austriaca

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Zamenis lineatus
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Re: Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Postby Mario Schweiger » Fri Jun 17, 2016 12:11 pm

oh, all those crazy looking lizards.
But: probably to much sulphur smoke inhaled :? : H. gemonensis :lol: (3rd pic in report)
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Re: Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Postby Bobby Bok » Fri Jun 17, 2016 12:40 pm

As always your reports are highly informative and very funny to read! Seems like you had the true raffonei experience with all those vulcanoes. That Natrix juvenile almost looks like a najadum with those big blotches :lol:
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Re: Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Postby Andre Schmid » Fri Jun 17, 2016 12:49 pm

Beautiful natrix :shock: And also beautiful lizards. Lools like you had a great trip, to bad you missed the vipers from sicily...but those natrix 8-)
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Re: Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Postby Jürgen Gebhart » Fri Jun 17, 2016 1:59 pm

Wonderful Natrix!!!!

Never saw such nice Podarcis siculus before! Great!!
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Re: Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Postby Matthijs Hollanders » Fri Jun 17, 2016 4:42 pm

Really nice and well written report. Beautiful places and lots of herps, sweet!
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Re: Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Postby Thomas Bader » Sat Jun 18, 2016 4:24 pm

Very nice Birgit and Peter,
Impressive trip!
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Re: Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:21 am

Great island hopping! The Strombolicchio dinosaurs are my favourites!
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Re: Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Postby Maarten Gilbert » Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:57 am

Great trip! Some dedicated searches for P. raffonei. Good to see that they still persist on Vulcano.

Ever since my too brief visit to Vulcano in september 2009 I wondered whether raffonei and siculus hybridize, but you seem to have found hybrids. Are there any (genetic) studies which demonstrate hybridization between both species?

Back then I only found this animal, which may or may not be raffonei:
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Or maybe "just" a subadult siculus? Unfortunately no other pics of this animal...
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Re: Sicily & Aeolian Islands

Postby Peter Oefinger » Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:26 pm

Thanks for your comments.
Maarten Gilbert wrote:Good to see that they still persist on Vulcano.
I would say they are about to disappear - siculus is too competitive and flexible...
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