Oman March 2015

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Oman March 2015

Postby Jürgen Gebhart » Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:47 pm

Back from my third Oman Adventure (06.03. – 14.03.)
It was a nice Trip with a good Team (Sometime with different kinds of Interest)
The Team:
GertJan Verspui (The helldriver)
Philip de Pous (Science man, but was there just for holydays)
Peter Oefinger (his first snake Trip that turns, as usual in Oman to a Gecko Trip)
And me (the grumpy old man)
I`m sure you can read two great Trip reports in the next weeks.
I will make just a few notes about it.

We spend a few Days in the South.
It was great there, we found some nice species, a new locality for Uromastyx benti and a “little” surprise.
Sadly not the Cobra!
On Wednesday we fly back to the north, spend a night in the Wahiba Sands and the next Days
we searched in the mountains.
But the north was not the best, we had a very cold wind that made finding herps very difficult.
So we missed some interesting things.

All in all we found 49 Species, seven new Oman Species for me.
The new ones:

Eryx jayakari

Telescopus dhara

Mesalina ssp. (Description under Construction)
Jebel Samhan

Pristurus gallagheri
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Asaccus platyrhynchus

Asaccus gallagheri

The Little surprise Myriopholis nursii
Third found in Oman and first found in the South
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More pics: ... 390177125/

I`m not sure that this was the last time I was there! ;)
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Re: Oman March 2015

Postby Mario Schweiger » Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:32 pm

nice to see good pics from Oman again ;)
btw, whats about "your" Rhynchocalamus publication?
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Re: Oman March 2015

Postby Bobby Bok » Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:36 pm

Wow! For me, only Eryx jayakari would already be good enough of a reason to go to Oman! Also the Telescopus and the nice variety of additonal wildlife like the Sunbird and the mudskipper are great! But no chameleons?
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Re: Oman March 2015

Postby Niklas Ban » Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:53 pm

I really enjoyed all the geckos and for sure the echis! Nice, thanks for sharing! :)
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Re: Oman March 2015

Postby Gabriel Martínez » Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:21 pm

Great Jurgen! As Bobby, my favourite are Eryx and Telescopus ;) you will need a 4th trip for Naja arabica!!!
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Re: Oman March 2015

Postby Paul Lambourne » Mon Mar 16, 2015 5:40 pm


Lovely pictures as always... some beautiful snakes... soooooooo who is the daddy when it comes to finding snakes, you or the young bull Gert Jan??? :D

Looking forward to the other reports.

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Re: Oman March 2015

Postby Peter Oefinger » Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:16 pm

The promised me a snake trip and what I got was geckos, geckos, geckos...
Some interesting lessons learned:
1. Don't search for Echis coloratus without gloves or snakehook.
2. Jürgen actually isn't grumpy at all (except if he finds no snakes or people are talking too much).
3. Even GertJan can get tired - after 9 days non-stop herping & driving without sleep.

Anyhow - This was a cool adventure!
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Re: Oman March 2015

Postby Thomas Bader » Mon Mar 16, 2015 7:34 pm

Dear guys!

Congratulations! Great to have such a deja vu.
What is special on this Mesalina?
When Jürgen visits Oman, there's always somenthing new, like tghis time M. nursii - wow
Hope to hear read more from you about this successful trip!

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Re: Oman March 2015

Postby Tomas Mazuch » Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:31 pm

I think that very important is the finding of Echis carinatus around Mirbat! This is the new and southernmost record for this species! Nice trip!
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Re: Oman March 2015

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:38 pm

Bobby Bok wrote:only Eryx jayakari would already be good enough of a reason to go to Oman!

Word, brother!

Peter Oefinger wrote:2. Jürgen actually isn't grumpy at all (except if he finds no snakes or people are talking too much).

OK, that rules me out :mrgreen:
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