Salamandra infraimmaculata

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Salamandra infraimmaculata

Postby Evgeny Kotelevsky » Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:08 pm

On February 21-28, I visited Israel. I made several herping tours in different parts of the country with a help of my friends. The first place of interest was Mount Carmel. It is the only place in Israel where salamanders live. We were lucky to find not only adults, but salamander tadpoles also :)

Adult salamanders:

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Salamander tadpoles:

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Re: Salamandra infraimmaculata

Postby Jürgen Gebhart » Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:29 pm

Very cool, Congrats!
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Re: Salamandra infraimmaculata

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:09 pm

Welcome on forum. I saw your pics yesterday on fieldherpingforums. Cool pics, i assume you are using expensive photo equipment. Btw could you share habitat pics?
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Re: Salamandra infraimmaculata

Postby Ilian Velikov » Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:52 am

Great find. Salamandra are not the best of swimmers and can drawn, so it's interesting to see them floating like this in such "deep" water. The ones I've seen (S.salamandra) have always been in much shallower water where they can more or less walk on the bottom. Are there many other water bodies in the area where you found them?
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Re: Salamandra infraimmaculata

Postby Gabriel Martínez » Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:30 pm

Fantastic photos. Israel is full of amazing herps. This is the only amphibian that we didn´t see in our trips there in final april and may. The design of circled marks in the dorsal area is similar to a individual of Algeria (S. algira) that I saw in photo some months ago. Very cool!
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Re: Salamandra infraimmaculata

Postby Bobby Bok » Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:56 pm

Great observations of a beautiful species!

Evgeny Kotelevsky wrote:The first place of interest was Mount Carmel. It is the only place in Israel where salamanders live.


They also live in the north of the country, almost along the entire Lebanese border. But Mt. Carmel is the most southern population of this species.

Gabriel Martínez wrote:This is the only amphibian that we didn´t see in our trips there in final april and may.


And maybe Latonia nigriventer ;)
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Re: Salamandra infraimmaculata

Postby Evgeny Kotelevsky » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:29 pm

Jürgen Gebhart wrote:Very cool, Congrats!


Thanks :)
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Re: Salamandra infraimmaculata

Postby Evgeny Kotelevsky » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:31 pm

Michal Szkudlarek wrote:Welcome on forum. I saw your pics yesterday on fieldherpingforums. Cool pics, i assume you are using expensive photo equipment. Btw could you share habitat pics?


I have no habitats pics, so I can't share them...

My equipment is not expensive. I use Nikon D80 camera with macro Nikkor 105 f2.8 VR lens and SB-910 flashlight. That's all I have for my herping trips :)
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Re: Salamandra infraimmaculata

Postby Evgeny Kotelevsky » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:36 pm

Gabriel Martínez wrote:Fantastic photos. Israel is full of amazing herps. This is the only amphibian that we didn´t see in our trips there in final april and may. The design of circled marks in the dorsal area is similar to a individual of Algeria (S. algira) that I saw in photo some months ago. Very cool!


Thanks!

You were lucky to see both emdemic amphibians of Israel: Latonia nigriventer and Hyla heinzsteinitzi?
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Re: Salamandra infraimmaculata

Postby Evgeny Kotelevsky » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:38 pm

Bobby Bok wrote:Great observations of a beautiful species!

Evgeny Kotelevsky wrote:The first place of interest was Mount Carmel. It is the only place in Israel where salamanders live.


They also live in the north of the country, almost along the entire Lebanese border. But Mt. Carmel is the most southern population of this species.

Gabriel Martínez wrote:This is the only amphibian that we didn´t see in our trips there in final april and may.


And maybe Latonia nigriventer ;)


What about Hyla heinzsteinitzi? Have you found it?
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